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A desperate writer fights for survival when the Mexican mob involves him in murder.

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Jack Perez

Writer:

James McManus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Walter Pool
Joaquim de Almeida ... Jose Guerra
Victor Rivers ... Herberto Ortega
James McManus James McManus ... Louis Graves
Tara Crespo Tara Crespo ... Lourdes Aguirre
Michael Peña ... Orderly
Enrique Rinaldo Enrique Rinaldo ... Manuel
Aixa Maldonado ... Woman Patient
Ana Mercedes ... Hotel Proprietor
Felicia Kamriani ... Louis' Wife (as Felicia Khoja)
Armando José Durán Armando José Durán ... Federale (as Armando Jose Duran)
Alejandro Patiño ... Fruit Vendor (as Alejandro Patino)
Fred Herrera Fred Herrera ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Felipe De La Rosa Felipe De La Rosa ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Anselmo Rivera Anselmo Rivera ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
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Storyline

Walter has problems. He's an American who's recently moved to a small Mexican village where he wants to live and write, but he barely knows the language and has no money. He wants to write but has no idea how to do this and he has nothing in the US to go back to. He spends his nights in a broke down abandoned shed by the lake trying to write and he spends his days in a local tavern drinking local beer he can't afford and receiving some food on the account of the barkeeper's pity. He's truly a lost man waiting for something to happen and save him. That's when a shady man who writes epitaphs for the recently departed introduces himself. He wants Walter to do a job for him. A powerful local man committed a grave crime against his boss, a powerful shady local businessman, and he needs to die. Walter is offered 100 000 US dollars to be the triggerman. After some consideration, Walter accepts the offer, since they'll kill him if he doesn't, now that he knows their illegal plan. Besides, ... Written by Anonymous

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To live the life he's always dreamed of he'll have to do the unthinkable. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta bérgyilkos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,692, 25 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,142, 30 May 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The shooting schedule was 18 days, and the budget barely allowed for scenes to be re-shot; for the festival scene, there were only enough fireworks for two takes. See more »

Soundtracks

La Paloma
Traditional Ethnic Source Music Arranged and Produced by Fred Herrera
Performed by Los Trovadores
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Smart, funny, some slow spots, and a great Eric Roberts performance
1 July 2000 | by Chris J.See all my reviews

If you have ever liked an Eric Roberts performance, this film is one you should make time for. It's a very unconventional film, making surprising and funny revelations here, twisting what you are expecting to happen there, and gradually revealing itself to be one of the darkest comedies you are likely to see.

The story is pretty simple, disillusioned loner is mistaken for a criminal, hired to do a hit, and a series of unfortunate events occur which are not what you expect and comprise the film.

This is certainly not for everyone. It's a variation on James M. Cain and if that's got some appeal the film is right up your alley. I suppose I might roll my eyes if read that in a review and think, "oh not that again...". Let me assure you, there's several surprising points of departure this film takes from most which sets it apart and above.

A few scenes are over-written, there are flaws, but there are enough clever moments and Roberts' brilliant performance overcomes all the bumps in the road.

If you don't like Eric Roberts however, you'll not like the film. He's in nearly every shot.

This will quickly and deservedly develop a strong cult following.


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