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La Cucaracha ()


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

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Cast

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Walter Pool
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Jose Guerra
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Herberto Ortega
James McManus ...
Louis Graves
Tara Crespo ...
Lourdes Aguirre
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Orderly
Enrique Rinaldo ...
Manuel
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Woman Patient
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Hotel Proprietor
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Louis' Wife (as Felicia Khoja)
Armando José Durán ...
Federale (as Armando Jose Duran)
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Fruit Vendor (as Alejandro Patino)
Fred Herrera ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Felipe De La Rosa ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Anselmo Rivera ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Mago Mendoza ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Joseph Bruley ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
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Grandmother
Enrique Renaldo ...
Manuel

Directed by

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Jack Perez

Written by

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James McManus ... (written by)

Produced by

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Michael A. Candela ... producer
Betsy Chasse ... line producer
Ellen Fontana ... co-producer (as Ellen Erwin)
David Forrest ... executive producer
Richard Mann ... producer (as Richard C. Mann)
Beau Rogers ... executive producer
Michael Shevloff ... co-producer
Dan York ... co-producer

Music by

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Martin Davich

Cinematography by

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Shawn Maurer ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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John Pace

Editorial Department

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Raymond Akopyan ... negative cutter
Lachelle Arruda ... negative cutter
Patrick Bocks ... negative cutter
Josh Campbell ... assistant editor / post-production coordinator
Syd Cole ... negative conformer
John J. De Santis Jr. ... negative cutter (as John J. Desantis Jr.)
John Dobrich ... negative conforming supervisor
Rubén García ... negative conformer (as Ruben Garcia)
Karl T. Hirsch ... post-production assistant
Lee Karaim ... negative cutter
Brian Kibbie ... negative conformer
Edmond Madatyan ... negative cutter
Grayr Madatyan ... negative cutter
Mike Mertens ... color timer
Diane Miller ... post-production coordinator (as Diane Evangelista)
Noel Nalbantian ... negative cutter
Troy Perry ... negative cutter
Alan Polk ... post-production assistant
Alton Spencer ... negative cutter
Debbie Weisman ... post-production operations

Casting By

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Bonni Allen

Production Design by

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Reiko Kobayashi

Set Decoration by

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Suzan Katcher

Costume Design by

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Elaine Montalvo

Makeup Department

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Vickie Coleck-Jones ... key hair stylist
Vera Zay ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Raimond Reynolds ... unit production manager
Straw Weisman ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marco Black ... additional first assistant director (as Marco E. Black)
Nick Dodet ... second assistant director
Cellin Gluck ... first assistant director
Garet Gluck ... second second assistant director
Eric Sherman ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Arthur Boardman ... construction coordinator (as Arthur G. Boardman)
Jeremy Cook ... construction
Tamara Fites ... scenic
Edith Gonzales ... art department coordinator (as Edith Gonzalez)
Grady Gonzales ... swing gang (as Grady Gonzalez)
Geoff Green ... carpenter
Ken Gutierez ... swing gang (as Ken Gutierrez)
Clifford Lecuyer ... scenic
Thomas Mertz ... scenic
Christopher T. Miller ... swing gang (as Christopher Miller)
Norman 'Don' Persons Jr. ... scenic
Erik Polczwartek ... lead man
Scott A. Stephens ... property master
Michael Webb ... construction (as Michael H. Webb)
David L. Wolfson ... on-set dresser (as David Wolfson)
Julie Zemel ... scenic

Sound Department

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Mark Allen ... sound effects editor
Andre Bacha ... dialogue editor
Ron Bedrosian ... adr mixer
Jeff Blehr ... boom operator
Patrick Cabral ... foley artist (as Pat Cabral)
Patricia Conaway Lamberti ... digital assistant (as Patricia Conaway)
Gary Coppola ... re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley mixer
Trevor Jolly ... sound supervisor
Julie Lucas ... foley recordist (as Julie C. Lucas)
Sterling Moore ... additional sound mixer
Hugh Murphy ... assistant sound editor
Aletha Rodgers ... sound mixer
David Spybrook ... adr recordist
Rich Weingart ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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David Dion ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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David Cox ... CGI effects

Stunts

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Kurt Bryant ... stunt coordinator
Joey Gardner ... stunts
Eddie Perez ... fight coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ariel Benarroch ... first assistant camera
Steve Brewer ... grip (as Steve 'Duracell' Brewer)
Bill 'Thunder' Bridges ... grip (as Bill Bridges)
Darwin Montana Browne ... key grip (as Darwin Browne)
Todd Campbell ... film loader
Nate Cushman ... electric
Kris Doyka ... video assist
Larry Edwards ... best boy grip
Eddie Farmer ... electrician: day player (as Ed Farmer)
Anthony Gotta ... grip
Roy C. Granada ... electrician: day player (as Roy Granada)
Jeremy Launais ... gaffer
Leslie McAlpine ... electrician: day player
Vladimir Melnik ... electric (as Vladimir Melnick)
Charles 'Ching' Oettel ... second assistant camera (as Ching Oettel)
Brian Rupp ... electrician: day player
Charles Rymes ... electrician: day player (as Charles Doug Rymes)
Paul Szopa ... electric
Eduardo Szyszlican ... gaffer
Joe Thompson ... electrician: day player (as Joe R. Thompson)
Tory von Wolf ... still photographer (as Tory Von Wolfe)
Robert Christopher Webb ... electrician: day player (as Robert Webb)
Eric Yahraus ... best boy electric

Casting Department

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Will Duvall ... casting assistant
Heather Johnstone ... casting associate
Jeff Olan ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cesar Magana ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Edwin Avedissian ... location manager
Micah Barnett ... location assistant
Guillermo Etcheberry ... assistant location manager
Christopher Miller ... location manager

Music Department

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Tom Eaton ... music supervisor
Lonnie Sill ... music supervisor
John Velvetello ... scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Gregory Austin ... driver: honeywagon (as Gregory Scott Austin)
Andre Brandes ... driver
Dick Dionne ... driver
Tim C. Liddle ... driver
Angelo Loffredo ... transportation captain
Kimberly Lollar ... driver
Mack McInville ... driver: honeywagon (as H.L. 'Mack' McInville)
Karl E. Nelson ... driver
Bryan Oliver ... driver: stakebed
Michael Perrotti ... transportation coordinator (as Michael 'Muffin' Perrotti)
Jeff Snee ... driver
Sal Velásquez ... driver: camera truck (as Sal Velasquez)
James Wakeman ... transportation fueler

Other crew

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Scott Altomare ... executive assistant
Reggie Bailey ... office production assistant
Kathleen Becket ... assistant production coordinator
Leonard Benedetto ... development executive
Denise Blasor ... walla group member
Michael Carriere ... assistant accountant
Darren Frei ... office production assistant
Nayeli Garci-Crespo ... translator
Mike Gomez ... walla group member
Jennifer S. Gottlieb ... production assistant (as Jennifer Gottlieb)
Liz Graham ... script supervisor
Michael Graham ... animal trainer
Javier Grajeda ... walla group member
Cris Graves ... assistant: Mr. Perez / translator
Helen Karagozian ... studio teacher
Dan Knapp ... office production assistant
Damon Kubiak ... office production assistant
Desi Lallou ... walla group member
Luisa Leschin ... walla group member (as Louisa Leschin)
Krishna Levitt ... craft service
Laurent Malaquais ... production assistant (as J. Laurent Malaquais)
David J. McMillan ... animal coordinator (as David McMillan) / animal wrangler (as David McMillan)
Nancy McMillan ... animal trainer
Cindy McWilliams-Olivier ... production controller (as Cynthia McWilliams-Olivier)
Michael D. Morris ... animal trainer
Donna Olson ... assistant: Mr. Mann
Debra Pappalardo ... assistant: Mr. Candela
Brian Relyea ... key set production assistant
Leslie Richards ... production attorney
Tom Roach ... animal trainer
Genaro Rodriguez ... caterer
Felipe Rodriquez ... caterer (as Felipe Rodriguez)
Lise Romanoff ... sales agent
Lia Sargent ... walla group member
Geoffrey Schramm ... production assistant
Don Spinney ... animal trainer (as Donald F. Spinney)
Travis Stevens ... development assistant
Jodi Sulzman ... production coordinator
Jerry Velasco ... walla group member
Kathleen Vincelli ... legal assistant

Thanks

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Marsha Brooks ... the producers and director wish to thank (as Dr. Marsha Brooks)
Terri Farley-Teruel ... the producers and director wish to thank
Martin Fink ... the producers and director wish to thank

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Plot Summary

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, this money could allow him to finally ask the local girl he's been secretly in love with, but never had the gall to introduce himself to, to elope with him. The assassination attempt ends in an unexpected way, and Walter gets shot in the back by his employers who never intended to let him live with his knowledge of the assassination. However, Walter survives. Now a cripple, he plans to take vengeance. He has finally found his true purpose in life. However, fate has one more cynical and ironic twist in store for him. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines It's High Noon in hell See more »
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Also Known As
  • La Cucaracha - Spiel ohne Regeln (Germany)
  • La cucaracha (Spain)
  • Invito ad uccidere (Italy)
  • Botcsinálta bérgyilkos (Hungary)
  • The Cockroach (Netherlands)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $14,692, 25 Apr 1999

Did You Know?

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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 South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) See more »

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