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The Mexican Dream (2003)

The Mexican Dream, is a Tragic comedy about the longings and delusions that lure so many illegal immigrants to this country. It's a fractured story about a naive, impulsive, but above all ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Jesus Perez ...
Caucassian Officer
Leonard Rodriguez ...
Latino Officer
Ortencia Barajas
Robby D. Bruce ...
Cristancio Barajas (as Robby Bruce)
Ilegales Driver
Kevin Planeta ...
Director 1st session
Producer 1st session
George McDonald ...
Producer 2nd Session
Jenna Chevigny ...
Casting Director 2nd Session
Gregory Hughes ...
Director 2nd session
Receptionist (as Arianna Nicolette)
Mercedes driver (as Norman Mora)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Border Jumper


The Mexican Dream, is a Tragic comedy about the longings and delusions that lure so many illegal immigrants to this country. It's a fractured story about a naive, impulsive, but above all else passionate man, one who will do anything for his family, who will stop at nothing to live his dream. It is a look into one of the major social issues of the 21st century, immigration. Ajileo journeys from his home in Zapotitlan de Salinas, a village in southern Mexico, makes a perilous border crossing through the desert, and comes to Hollywood, where everything and nothing is as he dreamed it would be. Written by <zfilmstop@hotmail.com>

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They say the grass is greener on the other side... well it ain't.


Short | Comedy






Release Date:

15 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mexican Dream  »

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$19,000 (estimated)
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Jesus Perez had to shave off the moustache he had had for 30 years to play the role of Ajileo Barajas. See more »


Ajileo Barajas: Oh I'm sorry... I get lost in the character.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credit sequence was done completely on a frame by frame two dimensional Animation. The concept was originally created by Animator Marina Ratina and Writer/Director Gustavo Hernandez Perez while having dinner at an Italian Restaurant. The main idea was to show Ajileo as an animated figure, being helped by his wife and son, during the preparation of his crazy master plan: "Crossing the US-Mexico border dressed up as a Lady". The Animation sequence ends with a nice visual transition of Ajileo kissing a mirror that transforms him right back into the real Ajileo of flesh and bones. See more »


Spoofs Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Las Migras
Music and Performance by Aureliano Mendez A.K.A Panasuyo
Published by Aureliano Mendez (C) 2000
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Mexican dream
22 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Mexican Dream is an interesting film because it addresses the controversial issue of illegal Mexican immigration. Americans often only think of the negative effects immigration, such as filling job positions and burdening on American society. It is important that we pause and think Mexicans' point of view, and the difficult lives they lead in both Mexico and once they've reached the U.S. as well. The creators of this film cleverly tackle this sensitive issue by making a comedy. I enjoyed the cartoon at the beginning of the movie as well as the split screen telling two stories. However, the acting was mediocre and the plot amusing, but unrealistic.

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