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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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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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Did You Know?


The only subtle difference between the character of Porter in Payback, and of Driver in Get the Gringo is the Military background and associated tattoos. In Payback Porter was an ex Marine, with USMC tattoo on his arm. In Get the Gringo he is a former Army Sniper, with a Sniper tattoo. See more »


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 »


[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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Written and performed by Antonio Pinto
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User Reviews

Payback Mel Mixes it up in Mexico, Muy Bien
15 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught this movie at the cinema in Dubai (so parts may have been edited). Quite entertaining, Gibson in the Payback-type character mode (actually I think it is the same guy), kind of the anti-hero who you nevertheless root for given the corrupt scum around him. The movie is often laugh out loud funny - I know that because I was the only one laughing - but that may be you know, I was probably the only American, some things may have gone too fast for people.

The plot is a bit silly, but great characters, some memorable scenes, really unexpected locations and scenery, the production design was quite extraordinary, well-paced, good action sequences...

Overall, pretty good value for 30 dirhams. Basically, if you liked Payback, this is your movie.

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