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Get the Gringo (2012)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kid's Mom
Embassy Guy
Carnal (as Roberto Sosa Martinez)
Mario Zaragoza ...
Carlos (as Tenoch Huerta Mejia)
Prison Director
Frank's Lawyer
Thomas Kaufman


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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The odds are against him. So is everyone else. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 March 2012 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

How I Spent My Summer Vacation  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alejandra Cuervo, a member of the production team, was hired by the producers prior to the commencement of principal photography to do extensive research, a living history, on El Pueblito that included talking with a number of its ex-inmates for first-hand experiences. See more »


When Javi is threatening Driver in the cell after Driver saves the Kid and his Mother from Carnal, Javi's gun changes between cuts. See more »


[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 Sesame Street (1969) See more »


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User Reviews

what a surprisingly wonderful movie!!
10 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i didn't expect this movie being so good, but it's turned out to be not just good but great! Mel Gibson did an outrageously great performance in this movie. an ingenious screenplay with very interesting storyline, not even one second not suspenseful. the directing is way too smooth, the editing, all the Mexican supporting actors, every one of them did such great seamless job like one of the colorful thread being woven so expertly into a wonderful carpet with beautiful and complicated patterns. salute to the director, the three screenplay writers (one of them is Mr. Gibson). this is a very difficult film to shoot but just, again, seamlessly fabricated into a great one. this is a rare film combined with nervous breaking scenarios and plots but at the same time, never forgot to deliver a subtle sense of humor. this is one of the best movies I've ever seen and i believe that most viewers who watched it would agree with me totally. go watch it, guys. I'd also like to congrats Mr. Gibson that he never did anything plastic, not even Botox injections on his old face, yet every wrinkle, every line only makes him an even greater performer. what a treat! thank you, Mr. Gibson, stay cool.

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