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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin nombre (original title)
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.


(as Cary Jôji Fukunaga)


(as Cary Joji Fukunaga)

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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)
Giovanni Florido ...
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) (22 March 2009)


$2,534,351 (USA) (12 July 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

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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Referenced in Stockholms 20th International Film Festival (2009) See more »


Written by L. Fernández "MC Luka", P. Hernández "Gogo Ras", I. Barbosa "Kolmillo"
Performed by Los Reyes del Pulmón
Courtesy of Mantequilla Records S.A. de C.V.
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User Reviews

Exceptional. A profound study of gang life and poverty in South America.
3 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There have been a number of movies on the immigration topic. Babel perhaps the most realistic. Yet. they all lacked a certain ring of truth and were too polished. This film is different. It so explores the seamy underside of poverty that you walk away having learned something you did not imagine before. Few movies do this. The director spent considerable time researching this project, riding the trains, hanging with the gangs, and it shows. Rather than get the typical cursory perspective, this filmmaker so penetrates the lives of his subjects you know what you're seeing reflects their horrible reality.

A young gang member in Honduras lives his life with the gangs. Something happens, and along with other locals, he tries to escape to America riding the tops of trains that move along the continent. The voyage is gripping, showing in researched detail what immigrants go through to overcome this challenge. The scenery is depressingly accurate, no glossy backdrops here. My feeling when watching this was finally, a movie was made that shows how squalid poverty is for these people. How the gangs are, what life is like in them. It will be difficult for me to forget some of the things I saw in this film, which is a good sign. I will probably see this movie again I so enjoyed it. Two things stand out. Believable characters, and a believable story. I was transfixed from beginning to end. Definitely the best of the genre.

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