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Left to Die (2012)

A woman takes an innocent vacation in Ecuador but ends up being wrongly imprisoned for drug trafficking.

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Sandra Chase
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Tammi Chase
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Nick Sakeris
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Alex
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Congresswoman Brown
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Robbie Chase
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Shannon (as Emily Foxler)
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Andrew
Kristina Lilley ...
Gretchen
Cristina Marchan ...
Sister Marta (as Cristina Marchán)
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Rosa
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Vasquez
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Lisa
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Tony Rodriguez
Santiago Bejarano ...
VP Augusto
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A woman takes an innocent vacation in Ecuador but ends up being wrongly imprisoned for drug trafficking.

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A Daughter's Fight for her Mother's Freedom.

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4 November 2012 (USA)  »

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Encarcelada. La historia de Sandra Chase  »

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What was not said about the film
7 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am not from Ecuador, so cannot speak about its history, country or people, but I can tell you about this film and (US) films and programmes in general. If you want to a story and to get a feel of what happened to the Chase family, then it's worth the watch. This is a dramatisation of a story that actually happened, it will not be completely accurate if you want accuracy, but you get a good sense of what happened.

Sandra Chase was in a prison and if you know anything about prisons, most prisons are not pleasant places to be in no MATTER what country they are in. All prisons have their own rules. The warden and guards rules and then the prisoners' rules. I don't think she was in a minimum security prison either. She was not in the West as well and it was in the 1990s, where South American countries were seriously trying to reform the judicial system. So prisons were probably no bed of roses. Prisons are not supposed to be holiday camps after all.

I wrote a whole long list of programmes and films to explain this going back to Birth of a Nation (1915) to World Trade Center (2006) as examples of how film makers manipulated things and many films in between (this information was removed as it may have contained spoilers and makes this review even longer); but basically stories can be added to or characters added for dramatic effect and even changed; even though historians, focus groups, action groups, individuals and more object to the unrealistic portrayals. This has always been done and always will be done most likely, by American TV & film makers as well as others. As for things like the prison scenes, they were tame in my opinion from most other film and TV shows.

So, back to the story, here is where a previous poster did no one any favours by not watching the film till the end. Some of it addressing what was said in another review. At the end of the film are two important pieces of information including a history changing one which is probably why this film was made in the first place! One shows you exactly what the film has done with one of the actors (and the real people), if you look out for it, dramatic licence used in this case and another about an important fact. But the film makers are not there to tell the finer details, they are there to tell a story! If you want a true pure film and story, you best never watch a film or TV series again (as they will all have things added or taken away), unless it's a history programme, documentary or the news. This film told a story and you get to see it. It's a drama after all and if nothing else, it should teach everyone, to really know who they are travelling with and always keep an eye on your luggage!

I suggest you watch the film for yourself and, to the end, and then make up your own mind!


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