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I Witness (2003)

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After 27 bodies are discovered in a collapsed tunnel in Tijuana, a man tries to unravel the mystery before becoming the next victim.

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Rowdy Herrington
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeff Daniels ... James Rhodes
James Spader ... Douglas Draper
Portia de Rossi ... Emily Thompson (as Portia De Rossi)
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Claudio Castillo
Wade Williams ... Roy Logan (as Wade Andrew Williams)
Mark Carlton Mark Carlton ... Carter
Jordi Caballero ... Captain Madrid
Adriano González ... Umberto Zato (as Adriano Gonzalez)
Pablo Cunqueiro ... Father Perez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Alvarez Ricardo Alvarez ... Bolo
Yan England ... Jud
Norman Grant Norman Grant ... Fields (as Norman J. Grant)
Oscar H. Guerrero Oscar H. Guerrero ... Antonio
Enrique Huertas Enrique Huertas ... Ramon
Carolyn Seymour ... Lady Anne
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Jim Rhodes is a human rights worker in Tijuana for a few days to make sure that union elections are fair at a maquiladora owned by a U.S. corporation. In quick succession, the police assault the strikers, the bodies of 27 peasants turn up in an abandoned tunnel that has caved in, and two U.S. teen bikers are missing. As Rhodes pokes around and speculates on connections among these events, he's beaten up, warned off by a drug dealer's attorney, and given varying degrees of help by the U.S. State Department rep, the U.S. Trade rep, and an honest local cop. It's always about money, but whose is at stake and how cheap is Rhodes's life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

13 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apodeixeis enohis See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Rhodes and Emily Thompson are drinking "doubles" in the bar; as they converse, their glasses go from newly filled to almost empty to newly filled again within moments. See more »

Quotes

[Castillo, who's a detective, and Rhodes, who's an American, are being shot at while investigating some shacks in Mexico]
James Rhodes: People hunt out here a lot?
Claudio Castillo: Just for gringos and dumb cops.
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great cast in limited production
26 March 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In Mexico, two American dirtbikers are killed. In Tijuana, the police discovers a tunnel collapse with many bodies. This attracts the attention of human rights reporter Jim Rhodes (Jeff Daniels) and American representative Douglas Draper (James Spader). The police puts it as a simple drug tunnel collapse but Rhodes disagrees. Rhodes is also monitoring an union vote in an American company operating locally. Emily Thompson (Portia de Rossi) is an American trade representative. Roy Logan (Wade Williams) is the plant manager. Claudio Castillo (Clifton Collins Jr.) is a honest local cop. As the government lays everything on the drug lord, a deeper conspiracy is uncovered.

The production value is limited. The movie wants to be big. There are so many plot lines and characters going all over the place. Its ambition is bigger than the movie. Luckily for the movie, it has great actors at work. Jeff Daniels is great and all the actors down the line are top notch. The story needs a bit of simplification. It could slim the main cast down by one or two. The directions aren't good enough whether it's the action scenes or the crowds.


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