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Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice - her estranged old friend and current parole officer - along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice's son, who went missing on the Mexican border. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

LisaGay Hamilton ... Bernice

Edward James Olmos ... Freddy Suarez

Yolonda Ross ... Fontayne

Hilary Barraford ... Cindy

Mahershala Ali ... Dez

Harold Perrineau ... Wiley

Michael Piznarski ... Vic

Mary Portser ... Margie

Don Harvey ... Detective Mueller

Brent Jennings ... Dixon

Isaiah Washington ... Vernell

Michael Laskin ... AA Leader

Rita Taggart ... Rhonda

Jonathan Castellanos ... Kid

Thai Phuong ... Pong

Vanessa Martinez ... Chula

Tessa Ferrer ... Katrina (as Tessa Rose Ferrer)
Evelina Fernández ... Ynez

Sal Lopez ... Morales

Manny Montana ... Tenoch

Jesse Borrego ... Juan Calles

Andrés Zuno ... Immigration Officer

Hector Elizondo ... Jorge Moncal

Elizabeth Sung ... Mother Han

Martha Higareda ... Zeidy

Alejandro Cardenas ... Mota

Richard Coca ... Rufo

Omar Leyva ... Camarillo

Dominic Colón ... Ochoa (as Dominic Colon)

Jacob Vargas ... Navajas
Javier Calderon ... Ramiro Chow

Jessica Pimentel ... La Mojada

César Alejandro ... Nestor

McKinley Belcher III ... Rodney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Yasushi Takada ... Chinese
Glenn Fontane ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Rosalio Garcia ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jaton Justice ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jose Lizarde Jr. ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Galicia Vaca Lopez ... Chula's Cousin (uncredited)

Brian Metran ... Border Crosser Hostage (uncredited)
Kevin Marshall Pinkney ... Club Patron (uncredited)

Ivone Reyes ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Megan Sousa ... Club Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Young ... Border Crosser (uncredited)
César Zamora ... Nestor (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sayles 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Sayles 

Produced by
Peter Bobrow .... producer
Edward James Olmos .... producer
Alejandro Springall .... producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
Cinematography by
Kat Westergaard  (as Kathryn Westergaard)
Film Editing by
John Sayles 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
Production Design by
Mara A. Spear 
Art Direction by
Kevin J. Long 
Set Decoration by
Marissa Leguizamon 
Linda Naitze Ruiz 
Costume Design by
Dana R. Woods 
Makeup Department
Richard Evans .... key hair stylist
Amy Lederman .... department head makeup
Paula Scarpino .... key makeup artist
Paula Scarpino .... makeup department head
Stephanie Singleton .... hair stylist
Chris Oshun Smith .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ivan Diaz-Robledo .... unit manager (mexican unit)
Issa Guerra .... production manager
Keetin Mayakara .... post-production supervisor
Catherine A. McCabe .... production supervisor
Liz Ryan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven Buhai .... key second assistant director
Liz Ryan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Barrese .... art production assistant
Vincent Buffolino .... leadman
Chad De Mers .... prop assistant
Aaron Ekroth .... graphic consultant
Aaron Glazer .... carpenter
Kristin Hector .... art production assistant
Marissa Leguizamo .... decorator
Kevin Long .... art director
Seong-Jin Moon .... leadman
Eli Neugeboren .... graphic designer
Jason Seigert .... art production assistant
Daniel Talavera .... leadman
Sound Department
Rachel Chancey .... foley editor
Rachel Chancey .... foley recordist
Blake Collins .... adr mixer
Blake Collins .... adr recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Gavin Hecker .... foley engineer
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Scott Lehrer .... adr mixer
Caleb Mose .... production sound mixer
Caleb Mose .... sound mixer
Glenfield Payne .... re-recording sound mixer
Glenfield Payne .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Kellan Anderson .... di producer
Rhonda L. Moore .... di producer (as Rhonda Moore)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeb Alderson .... best boy grip
Victor Oliva Arce .... key grip
John Castillo .... stills photographer
Giovanni Castro .... electrician
Mike Di Ricco .... additional electrician
Larkin Donley .... b camera operator
Zak Ettlinger .... best boy electric (as Zak Ettling)
Drew Fant .... best boy electric
Mark Farney .... gaffer
Adrienne Garcia .... additional electrician
Mike Gioulakis .... gaffer
Matt Hingstman .... additional electrician (as Matthew Hingstman)
Michael Jantz .... additional grip
Dylan Johnson .... additional grip
Kenton Drew Johnson .... best boy electric
Scott Johnson .... first assistant camera
Heriberto Luzanilla .... electrician
Aaron Meister .... additional electrician
Rob Miller .... additional electrician
Michael Norquest .... second assistant camera
Omar Quintero .... electrician
Anthony Schrader .... key grip
Morgan Smith .... additional electrician
Ian S. Takahashi .... additional photography
Ian S. Takahashi .... cinematographer: second unit
Eric Tolzmann .... additional electrician
Eric Uguet De Resayre .... electrician
Jason Webster .... key grip
Tyler Johnson Williams .... additional grip
Kevin Wilson .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Hilary Barraford .... extras casting director
Hilary Barraford .... extras coordinator
Anne Davison .... casting associate
Cynthia Degros .... casting assistant
Barbarella Pardo .... casting
Barbarella Pardo .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brandi Darling .... costumer
Raquel L. Jaffe .... costumer
Kresta Lins .... assistant costume designer
Jinx Rhodes .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Kathryn Bliss .... post-production assistant (as Katie Bliss)
Christian G. Farfan .... conform editor
Maria Friesen .... assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Roman Hankewycz .... conform editor
John Kleber .... chief technologist
Rhonda L. Moore .... digital intermediate producer
Charles Norris .... assistant editor
Kris Rajan .... editorial consultant
Sunny Sawhney .... editorial consultant
Location Management
Azzad Chuffe .... location assistant
Michael S. Dunitz .... location manager
Kenton Harris .... assistant location manager
Kenton Harris .... key assistant location manager
Diego Montalvo .... location assistant (as Diego Martín Montalvo)
Jorge Munoz .... location assistant manager
Ivonne Prieto .... location assistant
Adriana Santos .... location manager
Adriana Santos .... location manager: Mexico
Music Department
Mason Daring .... musician: trumpet
Enrique De La Torre .... musician: percussion programming
Duke Levine .... musician: guitars
Dave Shacter .... score mixer
Dave Shacter .... score recordist
Transportation Department
Transpo Man .... transportation
Jared Robbins .... transportation coordinator
Jared Robbins .... transportation
Jeff Robbins .... transportation
Other crew
Ivonne Alva .... production accountant
Ana Blanco .... production coordinator
Jenny Bloom .... Publicist
Josh Brandli .... production assistant
Cesar Castillo .... key set production assistant
Melinda Chalfant .... production assistant
Melinda Chalfant .... production office assistant
Harbor Picture Company .... post-production facility
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Ld Cozy .... key set production assistant
Carmen De La Rosa .... production office assistant
Comandante Del Toro .... weapons coordinator
Jason Dunkel .... supervising sound producer
Guillermo Galindo .... weapons master
Richard Guay .... payroll services
Ismael Jimenez .... production assistant
Chelsea Marcantel-Polaski .... social media
Laura Martinez .... continuity
Laura Martinez .... script supervisor
Keetin Mayakara .... Anarchists' Convention coordinator
James Nichols .... encoding engineer
Yule Owens .... production assistant
Louis Anthony Perez .... caterer
Billy Publico .... production assistant
Sonja Roth .... production accountant
Jerome Rudes .... subtitles
Luis Santos .... production assistant
Mayra Santos .... cast production assistant
Film Seguros .... insurance
Kelsey Siepser .... production assistant
Steve Sokol .... caterer
Jeff Stone .... caterer
Zak Tucker .... supervising di producer
Daniel Villegas .... caterer

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USA:123 min
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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
It all worked for me because the acting and writing were so darn good., 21 August 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Currently, "Go For Sisters" has a surprisingly low overall rating of 6.1 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). While this sounds respectable, a 6.1 would generally indicate that the film is average at best*--and this film is far from average in every way. To me, it's a wonderful example of a movie that features really, really exceptional acting coming from some less than famous faces--faces that deserve to be getting more attention.

"Go For Sisters" is a film written and directed by John Sayles--a famous name in Hollywood. It's unusual because one of its producers is Leonard James Olmos (of "Miami Vice" fame)--who also is one of the stars of the film. He did a wonderful job in the film, however, I would hate for him to get all the glory. After all, LisaGay Hamilton and Yolanda Ross (hardly household names) were wonderful as the two female leads and I would LOVE to see more of them in the future. Sure, they may not look and sound like Hollywood's idea of stars, but they really did great jobs--particularly Hamilton. I love seeing 'real women' in films--women who are not the usual cookie cutter starlets but who seem like REAL people! And Hamilton and Ross sure seemed real.

The film begins in a parole office. Bernice (Hamilton) is a parole officer who seems to know her stuff and is all business with her clients. However, her new assignment is a tough one--Fontayne (Ross) turns out to be someone Bernice grew up with and knew very well long ago. Now, years later, they are on the opposite sides of the fence. And, because it would not be appropriate to have an old acquaintance as a client, Bernice plans on transferring Fontayne to another officer. However, something comes up and Bernice decides, for once, to go against her better judgment. This is because her estranged son has just disappeared and she needs answers--especially since he might be dead or wanted for murder! She MUST know where he might be and what happened to him. And so she asks Fontayne for some help. After all, Fontayne's been around and might know some people who might know some people... Well, after a while, the two spend more time together and naturally become closer and start to talk about old times. And, it turns out that they were more than just casual acquaintances and now Fontayne seems like she's willing to help not just because Bernice is a parole officer but because perhaps she cares and is trying to put her life as a junkie behind her...perhaps.

At this point, Bernice is definitely treading into dangerous territory working with a friend/parolee to locate her son. However, the trail gets even murkier more convoluted when the women soon find themselves in contact with an ex-cop (Olmos). This is a guy who was thrown off the force and they don't know whether or not they can trust him--but they don't seem to have much choice if they want to find the missing man. And, to make things worse, the trail soon heads out of the country--to the infamous city of Tijuana, Mexico--a place where law and order have all but vanished. What will happen next? And, most importantly, will Bernice and Yolanda come out of all this alive? And, just how far is Bernice willing to go to locate her son?

I noticed that a few folks felt that the script was a bit far-fetched when they reviewed the film on IMDb. Perhaps it is a bit, but I found myself willing to believe it for several good reasons. As a retired social worker and psychotherapist (as well as school teacher), I used to work very closely with parole and probation officers. They are VERY human--some very professional, some very unprofessional and some a bit crazy! So, an officer bending rules is something I could easily believe. Also, as a parent, I could see a scared mother willing to risk everything to find her only son. But, most importantly, I could believe it because Bernice was such a believable character. Sayles did a nice job of writing the character and directing Hamilton--but Hamilton herself was just terrific in this leading role. While she has quite a few credits to her name, with acting like this, she deserves much more attention and opportunities. It also didn't hurt having Ross and Olmos supporting her--as the trio seemed very believable and the three really knew their craft.

The bottom line is that too few film emphasize what I like in films-- great acting and well-written and believable characters. While this film doesn't have a fancy special effects or the glitz of many Hollywood films, it is well made and quite tense. It's a film I strongly recommend--even if the story might sound a bit hard to believe. I sure believed it and am thrilled that the film just came out this week with Netflix. Grab a copy.

*IMDB scores are weighted a bit high--so I've noticed that a 6.1 is equal to about a 5.0 on many other scales.

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