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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.


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


Heading toward the Mexican border, a getaway driver disguised as a clown and his wounded accomplice try to escape the American Police with a loot of over $2 million hidden in the trunk of the car. In a desperate attempt to break through the thick border fence, the driver crashes the car, the accomplice dies and he inevitably gets apprehended by Mexican Police officers Romero and Vasquez who want the money just for themselves. As the only American inmate in the infamous "El Pueblito" Mexican prison, which resembles more of a small village of convicts rather than a usual prison, the driver quickly gets the nickname "The Gringo" and finds out first hand how rough it is to be a stranger in the perilous world of Javi, the ruthless crime lord who runs the prison. Sooner or later, the Gringo will form an alliance with a 10-year-old kid whose peculiar immunity in this mad place will efficiently keep him alive, only to realise that in this pit, everyone knows about the $2 million. In the end, ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Mel Gibson is Back to his Wise-Cracking, Gun-Toting Best! 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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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Has the title "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" in the UK. See more »


When Mel Gibson's character is driving the VW into the Port Mart parking lot driver's side shot reveals driver is wearing glasses yet Mel never wore any. 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 Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »


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Gibson remains the best in his work...
13 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I watched it, I loved it, it's brilliant! I will watch it again and again and again... I couldn't give a s**t about Mel's personal life and the crazy media surrounding it because quite frankly the man is phenomenal in his WORK, isn't this what we should really care about? and since when does his personal life HURT people in any way? Surely people have said bad things when no one is around, ey? exactly.

This was a bad-ass film, I watched it because I was curious and because of Mel Gibson, as I am an all time fan, and I have to say from screenplay to a great storyline to the fantastic directing to all the actors - main and supporting - and to the film all together, I am happy to have watched it and enjoyed it. Hollywood...this is how it's DONE.

Mel, you are legendary. Live long, live strong.

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