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As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

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Mel Gibson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Youngblood ... Jaguar Paw
Dalia Hernández Dalia Hernández ... Seven
Jonathan Brewer ... Blunted
Morris Birdyellowhead Morris Birdyellowhead ... Flint Sky
Carlos Emilio Báez Carlos Emilio Báez ... Turtles Run
Amilcar Ramírez Amilcar Ramírez ... Curl Nose
Israel Contreras Israel Contreras ... Smoke Frog
Israel Ríos Israel Ríos ... Cocoa Leaf
María Isabel Díaz María Isabel Díaz ... Mother in Law (as Isabel Diaz)
Espiridion Acosta Cache Espiridion Acosta Cache ... Old Story Teller
Mayra Serbulo Mayra Serbulo ... Young Woman
Iazua Larios ... Sky Flower
Lorena Heranandez Lorena Heranandez ... Village Girl
Itandehui Gutierrez Itandehui Gutierrez ... Wife
Sayuri Gutierrez Sayuri Gutierrez ... Eldest Daughter
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In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the end comes, not everyone is ready to go See more »


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Rated R for sequences of graphic violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Maya

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto See more »

Filming Locations:

Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,005,604, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$50,866,635

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,654,337
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1.85 : 1
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Raw Leiba was originally offered the part of Hanging Moss, but turned it down due to time commitment needed in Mexico. See more »

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(at around 2h) When there are three warriors remaining in pursuit of Jaguar Paw, Zero Wolf greatly outpaces the other two, but after Jaguar Paw pauses to peer into the pit where his wife and son are trapped, the next pursuer to appear is not Zero Wolf. See more »

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[first lines]
title card: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." W. Durant
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Daniel Paredes ...... Crazy Student and Son of a Driver See more »


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Nichos del Tiempo
Written by Antonio Zepeda
Performed by Antonio Zepeda
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A Brilliant Message About Civilization
8 December 2006 | by Rick NYC-2See all my reviews

Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but he knows how to make an authentically real statement about the human condition. The movie is about civilization and how smaller is better. There are some rain-forest dwelling American natives, somewhere in America where there are jaguars and monkeys. Then there are some "civilized" natives, with a huge society of nobles, serfs, slaves and sacrificial victims who get their hearts torn out and heads chopped off on top of a pyramid, for the appeasement of their gods and for the sake of controlling and entertaining the "citizens." Our noble small villagers of the forest are ultimately hunted down and enslaved by the more organized, and totally vicious, pyramid builders. This is a story of how one of these villagers deals with the horrific trials that his captors heap upon him. The whole movie is in an ancient native language, subtitled in English, and it lends an air of excruciating authenticity to the happenings. One gets the feeling of being a time traveler, as this 500-year-old world seems so real, with every detail of weaponry, cookware, clothing, jewelry, labor practices, buildings, village characters, and sacrificial ceremonies so obviously researched that it made me feel uncomfortably like I was involved in it all. We are constantly getting the crowd's point of view of all the empire's activities and abuse of its captives and underlings. There is a lot to look at here, from God's beautiful nature to man's nightmarish creations, so it deserves to be seen on a big screen.


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