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Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben (as Aaron Johnson)
Jana Banker ...
Candra Docherty ...
Bicycle Delivery Girl (as Nana Agyapong)
Jonathan Carr ...


In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead lover Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other - Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 July 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salvajes  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,016,910 (USA) (6 July 2012)


$47,307,550 (USA) (31 August 2012)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver Stone instructed Blake Lively to take firearm training for her role. Despite not being experienced at the gun range, she hit center mass in her first three shots. See more »


The headrests in Chon and Ben's Jeep disappear are reappear several times depending on the scene. They are missing when Dennis gets in to talk with them. Later in the desert ambush scene, they have been replaced. See more »


[first lines]
O: [voice-over] Just because I'm telling you this story doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it. This could all be pre-recorded and I could be talking to you from the bottom of the ocean. Yeah, it's that kind of a story. Because things just got so out of control.
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References Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) See more »


Cartel Theme
Written by Adam Peters
Performed by Adam Peters
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User Reviews

Good Action Movie
28 December 2013 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

Reading the reviews i'm not sure why people were expecting this movie to be like an Oscar winner or something? Going in I wasn't expecting it to be an Oscar winner, if you were expecting this movie to be about a Mexican cartel and not have violence in it then you know zero about Mexican cartels and that is an understatement.

Funny thing was i was expecting this movie not to portray Mexican cartels in their real light, but after watching the movie, yup they are as ruthless as the movie portrays and glad Hollywood portrayed them like that instead of sugar coating the threat they pose to the world.

If you are looking for a violent action movie based on an American drug ring vs a Mexican cartel well you probably have one of the better movies when it comes to that. If you are looking for gone with the wind, sound of the music or something like that best look else where. Me, I highly enjoyed the movie, it delivered better than i thought it was going to deliver. People will complain about the violence but again this is about a Mexican cartel, not the boy scouts. There is nothing i hate more than a movie that isn't true to it's roots, but this movie stays true to what Mexican cartels are all about when it comes to business.

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