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A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.

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Carnal (as Roberto Sosa Martinez)
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Romero
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Carlos (as Tenoch Huerta Mejia)
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Thomas Kaufman
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Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, Driver is sent to a hardcore prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of 'El Pueblito'. Not an easy place for an outsider, unless it's with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10-year-old kid. Written by Production

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual material | See all certifications »

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While filming on location in Veracruz, Mexico, Mel Gibson learned that an elderly Mexican extra was suffering from cancer. Gibson got the man a visa by writing to the American ambassador, and then personally arranged for him to be flown to an alternative cancer therapist in Arizona. See more »

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In the opening car chase, when Mel Gibson is driving the mercury, the instrument cluster is obviously from a late '90s GM truck. See more »

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[first lines]
Clown: I need a doctor!
Driver: I'll get you a vet, you son of a bitch! You should'a shot him first!
Bill: [over radio] We've got two clowns heading south on Wall 51, four miles from the border.
Driver: And stop bleeding on my money!
Bill: [over radio] All units be advised, suspects are armed and dangerous.
Driver: [Clown vomiting blood] What the fuck?
Driver: [narration] Well, hello boys and girls. there's nothing worse than a sad clown. Unless it's a clown bleeding internally and coughing it all over your money.
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References Frosty the Snowman (1969) See more »

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Performed by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs feat. Pablo Lescano
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The Mel Gibson vehicle we've all been waiting for!
19 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With Mel Gibson doing himself no favors in the public media over the last six years, GET THE GRINGO is a much-needed reminder of why we loved him so much for the twenty years prior to his scandalous headlines. While it was greatly refreshing to see Gibson on screen again in EDGE OF DARKNESS and THE BEAVER after an overbearing eight year absence, GET THE GRINGO does the best of capturing everything we truly loved about Gibson's performances: charm, wit, humor, edge. The script by Gibson, director Adrian Grunberg and producer Stacey Persky is an original and tight balance of humor, edge, and danger that can very easily be considered an unofficial sequel to the theatrical cut of Gibson's cult favorite, PAYBACK. While the character of GRINGO's Driver never reveals his actual name, he possesses a lot of the same qualities as PAYBACK's Porter, including a U.S. military tattoo, a chain-smoking habit, sticky fingers, an iron jaw, and a penchant for bloodshed. Grunberg's direction is also solid with an obvious love for Sam Peckinpah paraded throughout.

For those of us who endured so many years of understandable negativity towards Gibson for his personal troubles, GET THE GRINGO is the film we've long awaited. It's truly a shame this film won't be seen wide in the U.S. It would've been a better comeback vehicle than EDGE OF DARKNESS was meant to be. GET THE GRINGO practically screams, "Remember me? I'm still here, and I still got it!"

But if one thing is certain in the age of home entertainment, it is that every good film gets discovered by an audience. Sooner or later...


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