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


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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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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »

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He Killed My Father
Performed by Antonio Pinto
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Great film - worth watching
11 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fast moving, well paced and well constructed story, with excellent characterisation and some humorous moments to leaven the dark plot.

Mel Gibson does a really fine job in the lead role, and is utterly believable as a tough, clever crook who's hard heart is moved by the plight of a mother and child threatened by powerful foes. Really great too to see the female lead played by someone who looks like a normal person (rather than some ridiculous super-model). It helps the female viewer empathise with the character so much more.

The film is quite violent, though - be prepared. I spent part of the film with my hand over my eyes, but my bloodthirsty partner loved it.

Definitely worth paying to see this at the cinema - you won't be disappointed.


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