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Get the Gringo (2012)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  15 March 2012 (Israel)
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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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Romero
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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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How I Spent My Summer Vacation  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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In addition to "Get the Gringo", only one other Mel Gibson movie has been narrated by Mel Gibson as the lead character: "Payback". In Get the Gringo, Mel Gibson explains how he was once married but his wife ran off with his former business associate. This same situation actually takes place in Payback where his wife and business partner double-cross Gibson to run away together. Also, in both movies Gibson is a thief. See more »

Goofs

During the chase at the beginning of the movie, tire tracks following a similar path can clearly be seen in the field as the cars near the Mexico border fence. Likely due to multiple takes when filming the scene. See more »

Quotes

[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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U.S. Bound
Performed by Antonio Pinto
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Sadder but wiser Mel is excellent
9 May 2012 | by (Colorado, United States) – See all my reviews

Just finished watching this excellent movie, and I hadn't realized how much I missed Mel Gibs on. Like the man himself, the main character in this film, Driver, is worn and weary, sadder but wiser, and comfortable with the ironies of life. And the world built here, "El Pueblito," based on the actual prison in Tijuana, is real and startling. Portrayal of Mexico is outlandish at the same time it's sympathetic. Not much action, but shoot out scene in middle of movie is worth watching.

I understand this movie is getting no theatrical release in the US, and that's a shame. Just hope word of mouth will get around about this great movie. It's time to rehabilitate Mel Gibson.


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