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A Day Without a Mexican ()


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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... See more »

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Aunt Gigi
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Talk Show Host
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Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison ...
Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Fernando Arau ...
Undocumented 1
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Lila Rodriguez
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Nick
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Officer Sanchez
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Suzy
Arell Blanton ...
Chris
Cassidy Paige Bringas ...
Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy ...
Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ...
Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
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Cata
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Newscaster
Suzette Craft ...
Newscaster
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Mary Jo Quintana
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Vicki Martin
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Dean - Neighbor
Luis García ...
Undocumented 2 (as Luis Garcia)
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Jose Mendoza (as Joaquin Garrido)
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Senator Abercombie
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Jose Velasquez Diaz (as Carlos Gomez)
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Jeff
Santiago Guerrero ...
Bobby Quintana
Raul A. Hinojosa ...
Abdul Hassan
Sabrina Howard ...
Lucy Quintana
Charles Kahlenberg ...
General Hoff
Baron Kelly ...
Officer Hyland
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Alex
Karen Ve Londa ...
Rapture Infomercial Woman
Cyndi Martino ...
Nurse Jackie
Dori Mizrahi ...
Unemployed Actor
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George McClaire
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Magician Announcer
Steven Nevius ...
Sit Com Guy
Eduardo Palomo ...
Roberto Quintana
Christian Parizeau ...
Little Louis
Ryan Quintana ...
Border Patrol #1
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Mary Jo's Neighbor
MaryBeth Scherr ...
Sharon (as Mary Beth Scherr)
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Lila's Dad (as Leon Singer)
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Restaurant Manager
Jossie Thacker ...
Officer Hyland's Wife
Sylvia Thompson ...
Parking Officer
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Louis McClaire
Dawn Westlake ...
Field Reporter
Michael White ...
'Unsolved' Host
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Newscaster
Ogie Zulueta ...
Dr. Takeshi
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Special Voice Appearance (voice)
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Bar Patron
Hernandez Eleazal ...
Chi-o
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Reporter
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Lawyer (uncredited)
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Protestor (uncredited)
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Border Patrol Agent #2 (uncredited)
Alex Ferguson ...
Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)
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Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)
Jimmy Lin ...
Senator's Photographer (uncredited)
Christopher Marsteller ...
Los perros mojados drummer (uncredited)
Brent Parker ...
Child (uncredited)
Judy Prestininzi ...
Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)
Edward Scott ...
Mariachi (uncredited)
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Homeless (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sergio Arau

Written by

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Sergio Arau ... ()
 
Yareli Arizmendi ... ()
 
Sergio Guerrero ... ()

Produced by

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Sergio Arau ... associate producer
Yareli Arizmendi ... associate producer
Isaac Artenstein ... producer
Álvaro Garnica ... associate producer
Francisco González Compeán ... associate producer
Sergio Guerrero ... associate producer
Bruce A. Simon ... associate producer

Music by

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Juan Colomer

Cinematography by

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Alan Caudillo

Film Editing by

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Daniel Fort

Editorial Department

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Susana Acosta-Mondragon ... post-production assistant
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Penny Ludford

Production Design by

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Anthony Stabley ... (as Anthony Rivero Stabley)

Art Direction by

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Charlie Brownell

Set Decoration by

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Charlie Brownell
Chris Davis

Costume Design by

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Carlos Brown

Makeup Department

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Heidi Grotsky ... makeup department head
Paula Le Mieux ... key makeup artist
Juliet Silva ... makeup day-player

Production Management

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Laurie Ann Schag ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Steve Godwin ... first assistant director: second unit
Sergio Guerrero ... second unit director
Johnny Haddad ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Susana Acosta-Mondragon ... additional graphic artist
Cuauhtli Arau ... graphic designer
Joshua Cheek ... set dresser
Eric Conger ... assistant property master
Gregory M. Edgar ... property master
William Hawa ... props assistant
Christopher Marsteller ... first assistant decorator
Carole Payette ... scenic painter
Gabriela Ramírez ... art department coordinator
Patricia Rutter ... painter

Sound Department

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Karma Barber ... adr mixer
David Beres ... sound mixer
Diego Alex Borghello ... boom operator (as Diego Borghello)
Jose R. Castellon ... re-recording engineer
Matias Lanzi ... sound effects editor / sound
George E. Marshall Jr. ... boom operator
Ricardo Núñez Román ... foley artist (as Ricardo Núñez)
Eddie Rogers ... adr mixer
Carlos Solis ... re-recording mixer
Waldo Valenzuela ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Rudy Perez ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Adam Avitabile ... digital compositor
Henrik Fett ... visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects, Inc.
Jay Mark Johnson ... visual effects supervisor
Danny S. Kim ... creative director

Stunts

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Ted Barba ... stunt coordinator
Nick Brett ... stunt double
Marian Green ... stunts
Frank Torres ... stunt coordinator / stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Todd Appleman ... gaffer
John Baron ... electrician
Greg Flores ... grip
Jordan Guzzardo ... grip
Jaime Herrera V. ... dolly grip
Andrew Kuepper ... playback operator / video assist operator
Diego Sanchez ... grip
David Neal Stewart ... electrician
Cameron Thorburn ... key grip: pick-up shots
Eduardo Flores Torres ... director of photography: second unit

Casting Department

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Fernando Cubillas ... casting: Los Angeles
Iris Hampton ... background casting / local casting

Location Management

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Roberto De Biase ... location manager

Transportation Department

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Scott Anderson ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Tania Araiz ... production coordinator: pre-production
Deborah Bacquel ... production accountant
Mimi Baker ... script supervisor
Lincoln Blanco ... car provider: low rider
Laura Brown ... production secretary
Liz Kline ... production coordinator
Annette Moreno ... craft service
Ryan O'Quinn ... adr voice
Paula Price ... adr loop group leader
Brian Scott ... set production assistant
Audric Thompson ... assistant production coordinator

Thanks

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Marianne Sauvage ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un día sin mexicanos (Mexico)
  • Un giorno senza messicani (Italy)
  • Dzien bez Meksykanów (Poland)
  • День без мексиканца (Russia)
  • Hova tűntek a mexikóiak? (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,454, 18 Jul 2004

Did You Know?

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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 The scenes in Stockton, California show orange groves in the background. There are no orange groves in Stockton. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Christmas Show (2006). See more »
Soundtracks A Day Without a Mexican See more »
Crazy Credits Bloopers and outtakes accompany the closing credits. See more »

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