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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.


Rowdy Herrington
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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


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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The letter Rhodes opens when arriving to Tijuana has the logo of the Ministerio de Justicia (Ministry of Justice) from Mexico. In Mexico, the ministries are called "Secretarías" (Departments) and justice is served by Procuraduría General de la República (Attorney's General Office). See more »


[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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Thugs and Hired Killers
9 March 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

I liked this movie for several reasons. First, I thought it portrayed the "maliquidoras" (companies that move their plants and factories south of the Rio Grande) quite realistically. Second, I believe that the drug cartels deserve every bit of bad publicity they can get. Third, I also believe that the corruption of government officials in Mexico should be exposed. Of course, I realize that this was a film that was totally fictitious. But things very similar to this actually happen when greed takes over and people are treated like "widgets" and nothing more. And I believe people need to be made aware of this. But despite the politics involved, I also liked the film due to the way the movie played out. Jeff Daniels (playing International Rights Watch advocate "James Rhodes") did pretty well in conveying the "crusader" spirit that is necessary for the job at hand. Additionally, I liked the cynicism of "Douglas Draper" (James Spader) and the cautious attitude of the Mexican investigator named "Claudio Castillo" (Clifton Collins Jr). All three characters seemed to fit quite well. And then there is the attractive American State Department agent named "Emily Thompson" (Portia de Rossi) whose presence brightened the screen as well. As far as the plot is concerned, I thought it kept my attention. At least for the most part. However, I seriously doubt that any drug cartel is going to be that concerned about its public image like this movie tried to depict. After all, they're thugs and hired killers and it's what they do. So shooting it out with the Mexican police to defend their reputation was a bit far-fetched. Likewise, the ending was a bit too convenient. But other than that I enjoyed this movie.

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Release Date:

13 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico


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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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