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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.

Director:

Sergio Arau
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Aaron ... Aunt Gigi
Tony Abatemarco ... Talk Show Host
Melinda Allen ... Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison Frankie J. Allison ... Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Fernando Arau Fernando Arau ... Undocumented 1
Yareli Arizmendi ... Lila Rodriguez
Todd Babcock ... Nick
Maria Beck ... Officer Sanchez
Yeniffer Behrens ... Suzy
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Chris
Cassidy Paige Bringas Cassidy Paige Bringas ... Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo Pilar Camporredondo ... Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
Elpidia Carrillo ... Cata
Larry Carroll ... Newscaster
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Storyline

A thick fog surrounds California's borders, communication beyond state lines is cut off, and the Mexicans disappear: workers, spouses, and business owners are missing. Cars are abandoned in the street, food is left cooking on the stove. We meet the wife of a musician who's gone, a state Senator whose maid doesn't show up for work, and a farm owner whose produce is ripe and unpicked. A scientist asks any Mexicans who haven't disappeared to volunteer for genetic experiments: a female newscaster and the daughter of the musician may be the only missing links around. Why them? And where have all the Mexicans gone? Even the border guards grieve. The state and its economy grind to a halt. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Eduardo Palomo's last film. See more »

Goofs

The scenes in Stockton, California show orange groves in the background. There are no orange groves in Stockton. See more »

Quotes

Lila Rodriguez: In the face of so many emergency calls reporting missing persons in the state of California, every explanation needs to be considered, from
[an unmanned tractor comes into frame in the background, heading towards Lila]
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes accompany the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Remake of A Day Without a Mexican (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Charrock and Roll
Written by Sergio Arau, Francisco Barrios, Armando Vega Gil (as Armando Vega-Gil)
Performed by Botellita de Jerez
Peer Music / SACM
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The Mexicans among us
11 April 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Sergio Arau's satire "A Day Without a Mexican" takes a poignant look at something that has been in the news lately. Mr. Arau's new take on the theme he has explored already, give us a vision about how inter connected we are in this country. This movie will resonate more with people from California. Mexicans in that state account for most of the immigrants, illegal, or otherwise.

We are given the premise that a fog is enveloping the state and all Mexicans have disappeared into it. The Anglos, so dependent for much of the work from Mexicans don't seem to be coping well when the reality about having to do something they take for granted will be done by their Mexican workers.

Yareli Arizmendi and Eduardo Palomo do fine work under Mr. Arau's direction.


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Country:

USA | Mexico | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzien bez Meksykanów See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$628,807, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$4,179,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,057,021
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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