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Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Trapped and terrified ... See full summary »

Writers:

Jose Rivera (screenplay), Peter Landesman (story) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Ray Sheridan
Cesar Ramos ... Jorge
Alicja Bachleda ... Veronica
Paulina Gaitan ... Adriana
Marco Pérez ... Manuelo
Linda Emond ... Patty Sheridan
Zack Ward ... Alex Green
Kate del Castillo ... Laura
Tim Reid ... Hank Jefferson
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Vadim Youchenko
Natalia Traven Natalia Traven ... Lupe
Guillermo Iván ... Alejandro
Christian Vazquez ... Moncho
José Sefami ... Don Victor
Leland Pascual Leland Pascual ... Thai Boy
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Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls' abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest. Fighting with courage and hard-tested faith, the characters of Trade negotiate their way through the unspeakable terrain of the sex trade "tunnels" between Mexico and the United States. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret Internet sex slave auction and the final climactic confrontation at a stash house in suburban ... Written by Production

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Taglines:

Each year, more than 1,000,000 people are trafficked across international borders...against their will. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual material involving minors, violence including a rape, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

18 October 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to America See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,086, 30 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$214,202, 21 October 2007
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The auction website featured in the movie is the actual website of the production company. See more »

Goofs

When Jorge calls his mother on the rotary phone he only 'dials' 4 numbers. See more »

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[first lines]
Jorge: Happy birthday, Princess!
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Written and Performed by Bebe
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Gut-wrenching and Genuine
8 March 2008 | by StskyshakerSee all my reviews

Trade is not really the kind of thrilling crime movie that I was expecting, it's about something I thought I might have heard about quite a lot yet actually never really felt: trafficking children and women from the third world to be sold for forced sex. Trade exposes the whole chain of the business with great genuineness.

For a subject like this it's handy to come up with much more gore and sex to attract some eyeballs, but not with Trade, there is nothing gratuitous here. At several gut-wrenching scenes, at the edge of my seat I longed to see some resistance or retribution, I didn't, but when I sat back and cleared my thought, I knew that was what would happen in the real world. Nevertheless although there are many broken hearts, twisted minds and lost souls in the movie, and even the last scene gave me a groan, I am not left with despair in the end.

Quite a few characters have been developed into some depth, while supported by first-class performance(excellent casting!) this doesn't cause confusion or dilution, but rather delivers me the feeling of the whole big picture. It does feel a bit dragged at the beginning, I guess it is needed to expose all the details of the business chain, the storyline flows naturally and keeps me hooked for 2 hours.

Overall this is a well-made untypical crime film with not so much easy entertainment in it, but if you want something genuine that will linger in your head, go see it and you won't be disappointed.


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