6.3/10
321
13 user 10 critic

La Cucaracha (1998)

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

Director:

Jack Perez

Writer:

James McManus
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director: John Hillcoat
Stars: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson
Boogie Boy (1998)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A man who has just been released from prison vows to start a new life, but is put to the test when an old cellmate appears.

Director: Craig Hamann
Stars: Mark Dacascos, Emily Lloyd, Michael Peña
Star Maps (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandeyce Jorden
Bellyfruit (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Three very different Los Angeles teenage girls find themselves pregnant and dealing with poverty, drugs and confusion. Shanika (Tamara LaSeon Bass) has a drug addict for a mother and is ... See full summary »

Director: Kerri Green
Stars: Tamara LaSeon Bass, Tonatzin Mondragon, Kelly Vint Castro
The Big Empty (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman hires P.I. Lloyd Meadows to investigate her husband, a respectable social worker. What seemed to be a simple case of adultery turns into an ugly mess fast.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: James McManus, Ellen Goldwasser, Pablo Bryant
Sueño (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A Mexican immigrant new to Los Angeles enters into a love triangle with two very different women.

Director: Renée Chabria
Stars: John Leguizamo, Ana Claudia Talancón, Elizabeth Peña
Drone Wars (2016)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Filled with smoke and fire, the sky is littered with ships hovering above for miles in every direction. These ships reap the Earth of all its resources, while drones patrol the now ruined cities.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: Corin Nemec, Whitney Moore, Nathin Butler
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Debbie Gibson, Vic Chao
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta bérgyilkos See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,692, 25 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,142, 30 May 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Que Bonita Estas
Written by Armando Herrera
Original Ethnic Source Music Arranged and Produced by Fred Herrera
Performed by Los Trovadores
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Twisted Mexican noir......
29 February 2008 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Eric Roberts hits rock bottom in a small Mexican town. With no money and nothing to lose, he becomes involved in a murder for hire plot. The movie moves in stalls and sprints. When it stalls it is overly talky. When it moves forward it does so with twists and surprises. Eric Roberts delivers a great performance, and this holds everything together. The Mexican locations are another plus. Although the DVD packaging looks like a "spaghetti western", this is character driven with only sparse violence. I suppose the greatest recommendation for "La Cucaracha" is that it is different, a movie you are likely to remember. - MERK


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed