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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

In the beginning when Mary Jo sits up in bed, the covers fall to her lap. In the next shot the covers are still up at her chest. 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

Disclaimer: "No Mexicans were harmed in the making of this film". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Christmas Show (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortes
Performed by Ellis Hall
Courtesy of Ear-Say Productions
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Promising Idea Wasted in a Soap-Opera with One Joke Only
3 June 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

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.

"A Day without a Mexican" is a promising idea about the importance of Mexican immigrants the in the economy of California. There are several references to prominent Mexican personalities that have immigrated to USA and also to the states that belonged to Mexico and have been incorporated to the USA. However, the plot is limited to one joke only and wasted in a boring and unnecessary soap-opera. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Um Dia sem Mexicanos" ("A Day Without Mexicans")


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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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