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Get the Gringo -- Academy Award Winner Mel Gibson steals the show -- and anything else he can get his hands on -- in this explosive, nonstop thrill ride packed with equal parts action and attitude! A career criminal (Gibson) pulls off the heist of a lifetime, but his getaway plans go south of the border when a high-speed car chase lands him in a hard-core Mexican prison community known as "El Pueblito."
Get the Gringo -- A career criminal is nabbed by Mexican authorities and placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 10-year-old kid.
Get the Gringo -- Clip: Who Runs This Place
Get the Gringo -- Clip: Driver Steals For Inmate
Get the Gringo -- Clip: Walk Through El Pueblito


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Mel Gibson ... Driver

Kevin Hernandez ... Kid

Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Javi

Jesús Ochoa ... Caracas

Dolores Heredia ... Kid's Mom

Peter Gerety ... Embassy Guy

Roberto Sosa ... Carnal (as Roberto Sosa Martinez)

Peter Stormare ... Frank

Mario Zaragoza ... Vasquez

Gerardo Taracena ... Romero

Dean Norris ... Bill

Tenoch Huerta ... Carlos (as Tenoch Huerta Mejia)

Fernando Becerril ... Prison Director

Scott Cohen ... Frank's Lawyer

Bob Gunton ... Thomas Kaufman
Mayra Serbulo ... Nurse
Owen Dunne ... Jesse
William Gibson ... Mark

Jace Jeanes ... American Hitman 4

Clayton J. Barber ... American Hitman 5 (as Clayton Barber)

Zak Knutson ... American Hitman 2

Tom Schanley ... American Hitman 3
Aaron Cohen ... American Hitman 6
José Montini ... El Pueblito's Doctor

Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Size 11
Manuel Domínguez ... Lacra 2
Dagoberto Gama ... Lacra 3

Guillermo Ríos ... Lacra 4
Iñaki Goci ... Lacra 5
Carlos Ramos ... Lacra 6
Noemi Palomino ... Aunt Flor
Marco Rojas ... Javi's Doctor

Patrick Bauchau ... Surgeon

Denise Gossett ... Thomas Kauffman's Secretary
Jorge Verdugo ... Guard
Balo Bucio ... Soldier
Antonio Zúñiga ... Visitor Guard
Jeff Caughey ... Smelly Guy
Marco Aurelio Nava ... Car Lacra
Davenia McFadden ... Large Woman
Regina Orozco ... Mrs. Serrano
Boza ... Soccer Guard (as Bozza)
Angeles Cruz ... Evicted Woman
Alex Leimone ... Guy 2
Diego Suarez ... Colombian (as Diego Suárez)
Adrian Vazquez ... Federal Police Officer

Stephanie Lemelin ... Frank's Lawyer's Secretary
Adrian Grunberg ... Guy 1 (as Adrian Grünberg)

Suzanne Cryer ... Driver's Wife

Paloma Arredondo ... Wife Renting Tent
Rafael Valdez ... Clown in Black
Mayahuel del Monte ... 50 Year Old Hooker

Aarón I. Campos ... Another Guy (as Aaron Campos)
Javier Zaragoza ... Luis
Eduardo Gomez ... Mexican Guy
Xochiquetzatl Rodríguez ... Mexican Teenager 1
Eileen Yañez ... Mexican Teenager 2
Alejandro de la Peña ... Store Owner

Sofía Sisniega ... 20 Year Old Bombshell
Loló Navarro ... Javi's Mom (as Lolo Navarro)

J.J. Perry ... Reginald T. Barnes (as JJ Perry)

Blue Demon Jr. ... Wrestler 1
Magno ... Wrestler 2
Travis Carr ... Food Mart Clerk (as Travis M. Carr)
Amilcar Ramirez ... Lacra 7
Carlos Arturo Gonzalez ... Wrestling Guard
Issac Dominguez ... Car Lacra 2
Melissa Escamilla ... Hooker (as Melissa 'Missy' Escamilla)
Melina Robert ... Jacuzzi Girl 1
Lissete Sanchez ... Jacuzzi Girl 2
Gerardo Soublette ... Mexican Police 1 (as Gerardo Soublete)
Omar Ayala ... Mexican Police 2 (as Omar Israel)
Alejandro Avendano ... Police 1 (as Alejandro Avendaño)
Salvador Servin ... Police 2
Joan Sendra Maikol ... Police 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Biggs ... Store Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Adrian Grunberg  (as Adrian Grünberg)
Writing credits
Mel Gibson (written by) &
Stacy Perskie (written by) &
Adrian Grunberg (written by)

Produced by
Len Blavatnik .... executive producer
Vicki Christianson .... executive producer
Bruce Davey .... producer
Mel Gibson .... producer
Mark Gooder .... executive producer
Stacy Perskie .... producer
Ann Ruark .... executive producer
Original Music by
Antonio Pinto 
Cinematography by
Benoît Debie 
Film Editing by
Steven Rosenblum 
Casting by
Alejandro Reza 
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Bernardo Trujillo 
Art Direction by
Jay Aroesty (supervising art director)
Francisco Blanc 
Carlos Cosio 
Costume Design by
Anna Terrazas 
Makeup Department
Missy Lisenby .... assistant hair stylist: Brownsville unit
Missy Lisenby .... assistant makeup artist: Brownsville unit
Joe Rivera .... key hair stylist: Brownsville unit
Joe Rivera .... key makeup artist: Brownsville unit
Production Management
Dominic Cancilla .... unit production manager: US
Stacy Perskie .... unit production manager
Jamey Pryde .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Javier Clave .... first assistant director
Stephanie 'Tuty' Correa .... second assistant director
Patrick Danse .... behind the scene director
Alex Leimone .... key second assistant director: USA
Mauricio Lule .... second second assistant director
Miguel Necoechea Jr. .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Manuel Andrade .... swing gang
Chris Clayton .... property master: Brownsville
Joaquín de la Riva .... set dresser
Vanesa Garnica .... art department coordinator
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... set dresser: Brownsville
Armando Lopez .... set designer
Noyolotl Orrante Mata .... set decoration assistant
Armando Patino .... graphic design assistant
Moises Pineda .... production buyer
Ignacio Revelo .... props
Roberto Revilla .... leadman
Daniela Rojas .... set decorator assistant
Diego Suárez Groult .... graphic designer
Colin Thurston .... property master
Sound Department
Brian Armstrong .... assistant sound editor
Kami Asgar .... supervising sound editor
Jaime Baksht .... adr recordist
Beau Borders .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Cabrera .... boom operator
Benjamin L. Cook .... sound designer
Michelle Couttolenc .... adr recordist
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Sergio Diaz .... adr recordist
Roberto Domínguez .... foley mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Scott G.G. Haller .... dialogue editor
Sean McCormack .... supervising sound editor
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Erin Oakley .... adr supervisor
Steve Schatz .... mix tech
Danial Shimiaei .... Sound Re-Recording Stage engineer
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Paul Stula .... epk sound mixer
Tom Sturgis .... boom operator: Texas unit
Tim Tuchrello .... sound editor
James Wright .... Dolby Sound Consultant
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Raul Luna .... optical effects supervisor
Rodrigo Santoyo .... optical effects
Ivonne Isla Solther .... optical effects
Francisco Tejeda .... optical effects
Alejandro Vázquez .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Phil Carbonaro .... visual effects artist
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Erin M. Cullen .... roto artist: Furious FX
Brian DeMetz .... visual effects technical director: Final Light VFX
Daren Dochterman .... visual effects artist
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
Brian Jochum .... visual effects producer
Peter Kuran .... visual effects
Kevin Lingenfelser .... visual effects supervisor
Raul Luna .... optical effects supervisor
Raul Luna .... visual effects supervisor: on-set
Jo Martin .... visual effects coordinator
Landon Medeiros .... compositor: Furious FX
Alan Munro .... visual effects supervisor
Bryan Shepperd .... cg artist: Furious FX
Mark Shoaf .... cg supervisor: Furious FX
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects producer: Furious FX
Jon Terada .... visual effects artist
Tommy Tran .... visual effects artist
Hugo Aguilera .... stunts
Alejandro Avendano .... stunts
Odin Ayala .... stunts
Omar Ayala .... precision driver
Omar Ayala .... stunt actor
Omar Ayala .... stunts (uncredited)
Balo Bucio .... stunt coordinator: Mexico
Bernardo Bucio .... stunts
Miguel Cervantes .... stunts
Daniel Díaz .... stunts
Antonio Gallegos .... stunts (as Jose Antonio Gallegos)
Jorge Alberto Gallegos .... stunts
Eduardo Gomez .... stunts
Carlos Gómez .... stunts
Nadia Hernandez .... stunts (as Nadia Paola Hernandez)
Noel Hernandez .... stunts
Victor Hugo .... stunts (as Victor Hugo Raminez)
Armando Juárez .... stunts
Carlos Licea .... stunts (as Carlos Isaac Licea)
Felipe Lopez .... stunts
Evelio Luna .... stunts
Raúl López .... stunts
Mike Majesky .... stunt driver
Joan Sendra Morales .... stunts (as Joan Sendra)
Juan Carlos Olalde .... stunts
J.J. Perry .... stunt coordinator: USA
Alonso De Jesus Resado .... stunts
Carlos Rodriguez .... stunts (as Carlos Alberto Rodriguez)
Marco Rodríguez .... stunts (as Marco Antonio Rodriguez)
Nayeli Rosas .... stunts
Matías Salgado .... stunts
Jordi Sendra Morales .... stunts (as Jordi Sendra)
Gerardo Soublette .... stunts
Rafael Valdez .... stunts
César René Vigné .... stunts
Pablo Vinós .... stunts
Josué Virgen .... stunts
Clayton J. Barber .... stunts (uncredited)
Toni Bucio .... stunts (uncredited)
Jace Jeanes .... stunts (uncredited)
Rip Lowe .... stunt double (uncredited)
Rip Lowe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alejandro Arballo .... first assistant camera
Greg Baldi .... aerial director of photography
Greg Baldi .... camera operator
Greg Baldi .... pursuit consultant
Tony Bendt .... dolly grip: Texas
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant "b" camera
Joaquin Cervera .... first assistant camera
Justin DeGuire .... assistant camera: US unit
Neil Fraser .... dolly grip: Texas
Steve Freebairn .... digital imaging technician
Yuriy Fuks .... pursuit consultant
Jovany Garcia .... assistant camera
Ruben Arellano Hernandez .... assistant camera
Zach Hilton .... digital imaging technician
Noe Muñoz .... first assistant camera
Dennis Noyes .... secon assistant camera: "b" camera
Felipe Perez-Burchard .... camera operator
Brian Perry .... pursuit consultant
Luis David Sansans .... camera operator
William Schmidt .... second assistant camera: Texas
Cory Schulthies .... digital imaging technician
Diego Sánchez .... video assist operator
Marisa Velez .... second assistant camera
Craig Wadlin .... grip
Casting Department
Krysti Baxter .... casting assistant (as Krysti Charron)
Michael Druck .... extras casting production assistant
Carla Hool .... casting consultant
Lorin Semone Leifer .... casting assistant (as Semone Leifer)
Barbarella Pardo .... casting assistant
Julio Toledo .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Manuel .... wardrobe assistant
Jimena Tenorio .... costume assistant
Bernardo Treviño .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... co-color timer
Michael Cioni .... post production consultant
Tara Fidler .... second assistant editor
Natasha Leonnet .... digital intermediate colorist
Harry Muller .... co-color timer
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate producer
Jeffrey C. Price .... first assistant editor
Rosalie A. Staley .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Cynthia E. Thornton .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Samuel Ferrari .... sample development
Samuel Ferrari .... score assistant
Samuel Ferrari .... score programmer
Edson Guidetti .... musician
Caco Villares Law .... recording engineer
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Thacio Palanca .... score engineer assistant
Yamil Rezc .... music consultant
Micki Stern .... music clearance
Armando Torres Jr. .... score mixer
Other crew
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service coordinator
Aarón I. Campos .... location assistant
Travis Carr .... additional set production assistant
Alejandro Peke Aguado Correa .... production assistant (as Alejandro Correa)
Mariana Cué .... Set production assistant
Dustin Daniels .... location manager
Vicente Gil .... office production assistant
Fernanda Gonzalez .... set production assistant
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative
Jagcidi Noehmy Hernandez .... accounting clerk
Edna Herrera .... script supervisor
Carlos Larios .... production assistant
Rip Lowe .... photo double/stand in (as Ripley Lowe)
Marco Antonio Martinez Dominguez .... set production assistant
Flavia Martinez .... Making off assistant
Gildardo Martinez .... unit manager
Fernanda Medina .... assistant fiscal accountant
Regina Montemayor .... production assistant
Brian Murphy .... production assistant
Carlos Muñoz Portal .... location assistant
David Nava .... fiscal accountant
Francisco Nava .... assistant fiscal accountant
Juan Pablo Noval .... location manager
Jose Antonio Rodriguez .... script assistant
Mark Shultz .... production coordinator
Efrén Valladares .... apoc & travel coordinator
Oscar Velasquez .... behind-the-scenes documentarian
Steve White .... assistant location manager: Texas
Allen Wong .... production accountant
Prospero Rebolledo .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"How I Spent My Summer Vacation" - UK (imdb display title), USA (working title)
"Most Wanted: Get the Gringo" - Philippines (English title) (new title)
"Kick Over" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual material
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
References Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)See more »
Padre NuestroSee more »


Where is 'El Pueblito'?
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135 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
Mel Gibson does not disappoint!, 9 May 2012
Author: Dirty_Haraldo_Callahan from Latvia

Anyone familiar with "Prison Break" (Season 3) will probably find a lot of similarities here, but unlike Michael Scofield - Mel's character didn't take crap from anyone and knew how to have a laugh.

There's also not a lot of cheese in this film. Every scene just keeps the film going, moving forward. No one overacts, no one delivers dumb cliché lines. And it never tries to force you to suspend your disbelief (well, maybe a little bit in the climax of the film) or make fun of your intelligence.

Now, the Kid - he was actually pretty cool in this film. I don't usually like these little, rude bad-asses, but, fortunately, there was never a point in this movie where the kid did something implausible. He knew his place through the entire thing.

The violence was nice, but there wasn't a lot of it. The same thing with action - a car chase, couple of physical interactions, a shootout, a heist and a little more shooting. But overall - it's not an action movie. More like a thriller or a heist movie...

That being said - when stuff happens, it happens. There is blood (a lot of it is CGI, though), drug use, violence against children and women, torture, some swearing and couple of doctors cutting out organs... yeah...

Shaky-cam is totally not a problem. Car chases have some camera trembling, but overall - this movie looks and feels like the majority of 90s action flicks. Steady and solid.

The scope is exactly what you would expect from a $20 million movie, but it never steps into DTV territory. It's also not very long (about 90 minutes), so it goes by rather quick, but it's really fun. Oh and a lot of it is in Spanish. I'd say... good 25%-40% of the dialogue is in Spanish.

But, seriously, I had a great time watching this! And I can't wait to see it again! If we're talking ratings - as a Mel Gibson movie - this is a solid 7/10. But compared to the majority of films coming out these days, it's definitely 8/10.

Go see it when you get a chance!

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