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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

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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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:

$613,000, 14 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,175,179, 21 November 2004
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scenes on the empty San Diego streets were shot on 1 January, when there are few people about, because the production was unable to pay for closing them. See more »

Goofs

When Senator Abercombie is declaring a state of emergency and telling the reporters the military is conducting reconnaissance missions, the F-16 shown flying into the fog has Washington (state) Air National Guard markings on it. See more »

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

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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Skip the movie and watch the trailer.
15 May 2004 | by MrCharisma91See all my reviews

When I first saw the ad campaign for this movie, I couldn't wait. Then I saw the trailer which made this film look like a great satirical film. Then I saw the film. All of the best (and pretty much only) funny gags are in the trailer, and what we are left with is a preachy, poorly acted, heavy handed PSA. There are too many storylines and many of them go nowhere and make a viewer wonder why they were there to begin with. This would have been much better as a short film. Shishar Kurup who plays Alex, the cameraman, is one of the few bright spots in this flick. I saw skip the movie and just watch the trailer.


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