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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
Adrian Vazquez ... Federal Police Officer

Stephanie Lemelin ... Frank's Lawyer's Secretary
Adrian Grunberg ... Guy 1
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
Javier Zaragoza ... Luis
Eduardo Gomez ... Mexican Guy
Xochiquetzal 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 ... Jacuzzi Girl 2
Gerardo Soublette ... Mexican Police 1 (as Gerardo Soublete)
Omar Ayala ... Mexican Police 2 (as Omar Israel)
Alejandro Avendano ... Police 1
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
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
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
Omar Ayala .... stunts (uncredited)
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
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?

"Payback" (1999) is also a movie where the character, Porter, played by Gibson has only a one word name. In "Get the Gringo", Gibson appears in the credits as Driver and many, such as Harry Knowles of "Ain't it Cool News" have speculated that "Get the Gringo" may be the unauthorized sequel to "Payback".See more »
Continuity: When Javi is threatening Driver in the cell after Driver saves the Kid and his Mother from Carnal, Javi's gun changes between cuts.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 Good Will Hunting (1997)See more »
Final ConfrontationSee more »


Where is 'El Pueblito'?
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131 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
And that little delinquent too!, 4 May 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

It is no secret that the public has lost a lot of respect for Mel Gibson over the years. His hate-filled rants that once scattered the internet like littered candy-wrappers, identifiable aging, and modest releases over the years have proved that he may be wandering around a plain of confusion and uncertainty. It is a shame his new film, Get the Gringo, has gotten such a limited release, playing exclusively on DirecTV before eventually getting a wider VOD and DVD release later this year.

This is by no means a great film, but it holds up a lot better than recent action films boasting a huge actor has the lead (Taken is the prime example here) and packs in half the amount of incredulity as those as well. The story is concise and well-managed, centering around a nameless man (in the credits he's referred to as "Driver") played by Mel Gibson. He is a career criminal, with a vague history, an extensive amount of sarcasm, and a classic form of mystery plagues his character. After being nabbed by the Mexican authorities, he is thrown in a rotten, slimy prison, corrupt and dilapidated, as well as being run by shameless thugs and the occasional prostitute.

At first, Driver takes on the prison lifestyle with an iron fist. He becomes fearless, setting a fire in a market so he can steal a drug dealer's money, and even one of the best scenes in the film involves him knocking a man on a toilet unconscious before stealing his money and weaponry. He then learns that in order to move up on the prison ladder, he can't always be committing thievery and pursing the life of a determined rebel. That's where a nine year old watchmen comes in (Hernandez). As he assists Driver in teaching him the prison life, it isn't long before both of them become mixed up in a whirlwind of the same corruption ruining the prison today.

The cinematography and the overall environment deserves immediate commendable recognition. It makes a seamy place out to be seamy, and doesn't take the route of The Hangover Part II where it transforms a place into something so glum and ugly that it can't be enjoyed. Get the Gringo exists in a dirty, gritty world, and it wants to show it all.

Again, Gibson carries the film, much like he did in Jodie Foster's subpar The Beaver. Gibson resorts back to the sort of grittiness that he erected his odyssey of a career on; a man with no history in a dirty, filthy world where the only role you can play to have respect is "the bad cop." He is wonderful here, and manages to inspire a number of intriguing scenes that rarely become too comical or too unrealistic. There are many shoot-outs, but they are sometimes fun to watch. Even the car chase in the beginning is a riot.

It's a shame that Get the Gringo gets a sour run theatrically, debuting only one night in Austin, and a very secluded run on a Video on Demand service. This film is fun, non-challenging escapism that pleases because of its simplicity and action. After the mild success of Gibson's Edge of Darkness and the very underwhelming The Beaver, studios believe Mel Gibson is poison to the system. Perhaps, but let me remind you guys something; he made The Passion of the Christ - one of the most controversial and daring religious pictures in history. I believe the guy deserves more respect.

Starring: Mel Gibson and Kevin Hernandez. Directed by: Adrian Grunberg.

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