A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.

Director:

F. Gary Gray

Writers:

Christian Gudegast, Paul T. Scheuring (as Paul Scheuring)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Sean Vetter
Larenz Tate ... Demetrius Hicks
Timothy Olyphant ... Hollywood Jack
Geno Silva ... Memo Lucero
Jacqueline Obradors ... Stacy Vetter
Steve Eastin ... Ty Frost
Juan Fernández ... Mateo Santos
Jeff Kober ... Pomona Joe
Marco Rodríguez ... Hondo (as Marco Rodriguez)
Mike Moroff ... Gustavo Leon
Emilio Rivera ... Garza
George Sharperson ... Big Sexy
Malieek Straughter ... Overdose
Alice Amter ... Marta
Jim Boeke Jim Boeke ... Bad Cop
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Storyline

Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge... Written by Anonymous

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When they took his love... they took his life. On April 4th. he's taking it back. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, language, drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Vin Diesel was supposed to play the lead in the videogame adaption Hitman, but refused. The role was passed on to Jason Statham but he also passed, which led to Timothy Olyphant (Hollywood Jack) taking over the title-role. Vin Diesel would still remain as the executive producer in Hitman. See more »

Goofs

As Sean starts up the stairs to the 2nd floor of the old cantina towards the end of the film, you can see a crew member moving a light reflector in a mirror on the left side of the frame. This is fully visible in the widescreen print, but appears only as a moving light in the full screen print. See more »

Quotes

Sean Vetter: What does the name Overdose mean to you?
Hollywood Jack: Over who?
Sean Vetter: OVERDOSE!
Hollywood Jack: There's a human being named Overdose?
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing to Lose
Written by Kellian James and Robert Smith
Performed by Buddy Klein
Produced by Jeruz
Courtesy of Race Tracks, Inc.
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Good, but bad
23 November 2004 | by bjswalkerSee all my reviews

I personally liked the film. Vin Diesel's performance was the right side of credible. Lerenz Tate was a good choice as a partner, as he provides a solid performance as well and provided the comic relief this sort of film needs. The plot wasn't as lightweight as I thought it was doing to be, the script didn't go too over the top (although there was some moments) and the action was pretty impressive. Not too bad for a Vin Diesel vehicle.

My one problem though is that the ending didn't make sense (why did everyone start fighting when he was walking off at the end?)Frankly, I think it would have been better if they had swapped the end scene with the previous scene at the wife's graveside.

Also, did the makers of 'The Punisher' watch this film beforehand, because they are very similar.


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,200,000, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:

$26,736,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,350,926
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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