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El Gringo (2012)

R | | Action, Drama | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000, and a bloody past, finds himself under sudden attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras.

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The Man
Petar Bachvarov ...
Tortuga
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Officer Bell (as Zahary Baharov)
Mimoza Bazova ...
Female Bus Station Attendant
Michail Elenov ...
Pablo (as Mihail Elenov)
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Deputy Chief Logan
Erando González ...
Chief Espinoza (as Erando Gonzalez)
Israel Islas ...
Culebra
George Karlukovski ...
El Jefe (as Georgi Karlukovski)
Vlado Mihailov ...
Chilango (as Vlado Mihaylov)
Velislav Pavlov ...
Officer Dunn
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Officer Sullivan
Krasimir Rankov ...
Restaurante Owner
Marii Rosen ...
Naco
Edward Joe Scargill ...
Officer Conner
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A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000, and a bloody past, finds himself under sudden attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras.

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Rated R for bloody violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

On screen, Scott Adkins character kills roughly 65 people during this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Flaca steals the satchel containing the $2 million and is chased by The Man, she runs as if the bag is virtually empty. In fact, $2 million in 100s (at 497 US bills to the pound) weighs over 40 pounds, and the heavy satchel (about 1/3 of her estimated weight) would have slowed her down considerably. The weight of the bag would also have likely drawn the interest of the thugs who throw it at him (again, as if it weighs about 5 pounds). See more »

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Anna: [after saving The Man from getting killed] You said one man can't make a difference. How about a woman?
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During the credits "The man" & "Anna" are seen talking about margaritas. See more »

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El Gringo
Written by Joey DeMaio
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It's nice to see someone other than Jason Statham still consistently making cool B action films!
20 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'EL GRINGO': Four Stars (Out of Five)

Eduardo Rodriquez directed this Scott Adkins action vehicle for After Dark Films (as part of their expansion into the action genre). It was written by Jonathan Stokes and produced by action master Joel Silver! It costars Yvette Yates, Erando Gonzalez and Christian Slater. The film is a great throwback to spaghetti westerns and other old school action films and continues to showcase the remarkable talents of Scott Adkins as a new leading man action hero.

Adkins plays a DEA agent (who is never named, in true spaghetti western fashion) who is setup and attacked in the middle of the dessert. His partners are killed but he manages to escape (after killing the gunmen who attacked him). He stages his own death and flees into Mexico with a bag full of drug money. He runs into hostility there wherever he goes as the locals don't seem to want him in their town. He finds a little help from a local bar owner (Yates) but soon finds a ton of opposition from the local corrupt sheriff (Gonzalez), and his drug cartel thugs, as well as his old DEA boss (Slater), who tracks him down.

The movie is a pretty impressive style over substance indie action film. Rodriguez's directing is cool and the script is fun. There's of course not a lot to the story but the action is almost nonstop and Adkins really shines as an action force to be reckoned with. It's nice to see someone other than Jason Statham still consistently making cool B action films. The movie was made for just $7 million but it's definitely not short on explosions or gun battles. This is the stuff that the action films of yesteryear were made of; just good old action loving fun!

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