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Sin Nombre (2009)
"Sin nombre" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  17 April 2009 (USA)
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A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Antonio Aguirre ...
Big Lips
Leonardo Alonso ...
Policía Judicial
Karla Cecilia Alvarado ...
Juan Pablo Arias Barrón ...
Niño #3
Rosalba Belén Barrón ...
Niño #2
Felipe Castro ...
Marero (as Sixto Felipe Castro)
Rosalba Quintana Cruz ...
Tierra Blanca Mujer
Marcela Feregrino ...
El Smiley (as Kristian Ferrer)
El Sipe
Ariel Galvan ...
Migrante #1
Gabriela Garibaldi ...


Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. Written by IMDb Editors

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The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sin Nombre  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$81,446 (USA) (20 March 2009)


$2,534,351 (USA) (10 July 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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The title "Sin Nombre" translates as "without a name." See more »


The teardrop tattoo on el Casper's right eye is missing in two consecutive scenes on the top of the train but is visible on his face throughout the movie both before and after these scenes on the train. Interestingly, the tattoo is an important identifying mark/symbol in the movie and is specifically highlighted by gang members when asking locals if they have seen Casper as they try to find him and hunt him down. See more »


Sayra: Back home, my friend Clarissa made me see this crazy neighbor, Doña Eleanor, you know, like witchcraft? She smoked this puro, then told me with her freaky voice that I'd make it to the U.S. but not in God's hand, perhaps in the Devil's.
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Written and Performed by Amandititita
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (México), S.A. de C.V.
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User Reviews

Great movie -- see it on the big screen
24 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie rocked. I would definitely recommend seeing it, especially on the big screen: the cinematography is incredible. The film manages to teach you something about the world, expose you to an underworld you (well, at least I) had no idea existed, bring up some important social issues, all while keeping you on the edge of your seat. Some highlights included stunts on trains, some crazy home-made guns, and amazing tattoos. The acting was also very good -- especially considering several of the cast had no real acting experience. The audience I saw it with loved it -- it got some great gasps and even some big laughs. And all by a first-time director. Well done.

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The girl is an idiot. couldn't stand watching her. sophtwareslump
What was the deal with the girlfriend?? FredCDobbs
Awesome movie, but accents were off sarainunez
why did Sayra sniff him aghm
Good film, MS in Mexico brings it down though IMO. britzsv
A Mediocre Film killdobbs
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