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Highway Patrolman (1991)

El patrullero (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 December 1991 (Mexico)
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An episodic look at a young man's life in Mexico's national highway patrol. We follow Pedro Rojas from cadet training and his rookie assignment in a northern border area, to his quick ... See full summary »

Director:

Alex Cox

Writer:

Lorenzo O'Brien (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Sosa ... Pedro
Bruno Bichir ... Anibal
Vanessa Bauche ... Maribel
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Griselda
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Sargento Barreras
Malena Doria Malena Doria ... Abuela
Towi Islas Towi Islas ... Emilio
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Comandante Navarro
Mike Moroff ... Comandante Sanchez
Jorge Russek ... Sr. Mateos
Ana Bertha Espín Ana Bertha Espín ... Sra. Sánchez
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Sr. Rojas
Maricruz Nájera Maricruz Nájera ... Sra. Rojas
Adyari Cházaro Adyari Cházaro ... Isabel (as Adjari Cházaro)
Carlos Álvarez Carlos Álvarez ... Luis
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An episodic look at a young man's life in Mexico's national highway patrol. We follow Pedro Rojas from cadet training and his rookie assignment in a northern border area, to his quick courtship, his taking of bribes ("la mordida"), and his slow exposure to drug smuggling. Rojas re-forms his idealism as youthful naivete gives way to an adult's complicated choices. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

Alex Cox

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 December 1991 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Highway Patrolman See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes from RoboCop 2 (1990) can be seen on the television in one scene. Alex Cox was originally approached to direct 'RoboCop 2' but turned it down after reading the script by Frank Miller and disliking it. See more »

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Features RoboCop 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

El Patrullero
Composer and guitarist: Zander Schloss
Lyrics by Tito Larriva, John Denny, Lorenzo O'Brien
Vocals by Tito Larriva
Drums by Matt Tecu
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great film
24 November 2004 | by smithdouglasSee all my reviews

the best alex cox film i've seen since sid and nancy, having been disappointed by death and the compass, and less disappointed by three businessmen. one to watch! great soundtrack too.

WHERE WAS EL PATRULLERO SHOT?

In Mexico City and on location all over northern Mexico. We began in Parras, Coahuila, which - by complete coincidence - was the town where Peckinpah filmed THE WILD BUNCH. We traveled west through the desert to El Chocolate, Torreon, Gomez Palacio, and Mapimi; thence to Durango and the surrounding hills; and down to Sombrerete in Zacatecas, and the Desierto de los Organos. Superb locations, but we were only scratching the surface -- as I learned later, directing DEATH & THE COMPAS and acting for Arturo Ripstein in LA REINA DE LA NOCHE and for Luis Estradda in LA LEY DE HERODES, Mexico is the most visually stimulating place on earth.


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