Adriana, 13, is kidnapped in Mexico City by Russian sex traffickers. Her criminal 17 y.o. brother starts looking for her. Across the border in Texas, he gets help from a cop.

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Jose Rivera (screenplay), Peter Landesman (story) | 2 more credits »
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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 (as Marco Perez)
Linda Emond ... Patty Sheridan
Zack Ward ... Alex Green
Kate del Castillo ... Laura
Tim Reid ... Hank Jefferson
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Vadim Youchenko
Natalia Traven ... Lupe
Guillermo Iván ... Alejandro (as Guillermo Ivan)
Christian Vazquez ... Moncho
José Sefami ... Don Victor (as Jose Sefami)
Leland Pascual Leland Pascual ... Thai Boy
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Storyline

Ray Sheridan is a Texas Ranger working in the insurance fraud division. From a devout Catholic family, seventeen year old Jorge lives in a Mexico City slum neighborhood with his mother and his thirteen year old sister Adriana. To have a better life not only for himself but also his family, Jorge, with two of his friends, has resorted to a "violent" scam to steal money from tourists in the Zocolo, something he hasn't told his mother who would disapprove. Ray and Jorge's very different existences intersect on a chance meeting straddling the border at El Paso/Juarez in dealing with the same issue from two slightly different directions, that issue being sex trafficking. Ray has been using his professional position on a personal mission of locating his illegitimate daughter Carly, who he has never met and who he has just learned was sold by her junkie mother ten years ago, he assuming into the illegal sex trade. With Adriana having gone missing, Jorge eventually learned that the assumption... Written by Huggo

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Innocents lost...sometimes forever. 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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Based on Peter Landesman's 25 January 2004 New York Times Magazine cover story about sex slaves. 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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Referenced in Roland Emmerich - Mein Leben (2009) See more »

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A roller-coaster of thrills and yawns.
27 January 2010 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

Based on Peter Landesman's cover story, the film follows a Texas cop (Kline) and Jorge (Ramos) who are on the trail to save Jorge's sister (Gaitan), a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City who was kidnapped to be sold in the sex-trade. A powerful story, with Kline and Ramos making an interesting duo. The conflict seems to always be easy to overcome, with the two leads never loosing the tail of the kidnappers no matter what the obstacle is. The tragic irony at the end is an eye-roller. The hunt begins to feel far-fetched as the film progresses, and Kline is as dull as usual. The Mexico City setting alone is a plus to this roller-coaster of thrills and yawns.

**½ (out of four)


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Country:

Germany | USA | Mexico

Language:

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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

Gross USA:

$214,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,465,077
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2.35 : 1
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