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Mexico's most notorious drug lord schools a naïve journalist as to the principles behind The Cartel's success.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis Franco ...
Angel Santana
Freddy Douglas ...
Jules Land
Mauricio Islas ...
Santos
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Dolores Santana
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Vern
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Pancho
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Rojas
Rafael Oliveira ...
Ned Constantine
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Officer Solana
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Caronte (as Khotan)
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Don Amilkar
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Young Angel Santana
Humberto Elizondo ...
Pedro Santana
Tom Martino ...
Tom Donaldson
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Carlitos
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Based on Mexico's current criminal climate, EL CÁRTEL is a rare look into the values and practices of the world's most intriguing and enigmatic industry - the multi-billion dollar business of drug trafficking. When Jules Land, a naïve business journalist, approaches Mexico's most notorious drug cartel and requests an audience with its leader, a one-time-priest turned murderous cutthroat, he quickly realizes he's in over his head. Wanting only the chance to kick-start his struggling career, Jules goes from seeking to understand the principles behind The Cartel's success, to fighting to return home with his wits - and his life - intact. Written by Anonymous

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In Mexico, nothing goes as planned.

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12 May 2009 (USA)  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Prior to the start of shooting, the writer/director had never previously set foot on (or even seen) a movie or television set. See more »

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Written by Edgard Jaude, Rafael Torres, Andres Ayrado
Performed by Andres Ayrado
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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An Original Little Hidden Treasure!
20 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How rare is it to find something at the video store that totally exceeds your expectations?! I spend a lot of time traveling and working in Mexico, so I'm familiar with a lot of the great actors from that country, and when I saw this on the shelf at Blockbuster I decided to give it a try. It was a pleasant surprise.

This film takes a clever, original idea about writing a traditional how-to-succeed-in-business book about a ruthless drug lord and runs with it. Sure it's not a big budget picture, but the actors are all deeply committed to their roles and deliver great performances. Jose Luis Franco is a standout as Angel Santana, the kingpin, and Mauricio Islas is great as Santos, his enforcer. What I enjoyed most about this film was the backstory of these two criminals growing up together, and rising to the top.

If you want a lot of big budget explosions and car chases, watch a Michael Bay film, but if you want a fresh take on a crime thriller with fascinating characters, then rent this movie. Thumbs up!


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