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Apocalypto (2006)

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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.

Director:

Mel Gibson
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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No one can outrun their destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The eclipse scene is reminiscent of the 1948 Tintin album "Prisoners of the Sun", where an eclipse saves the protagonists from execution by an Incan cult. See more »

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(at around 48 mins) At the beginning of the scene where one of the (wounded) captives belonging to Jaguar Paw's tribe is thrown into the canyon, a Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) can briefly be seen. Although naturally spreading throughout the Americas in the previous century (presumably from stragglers flying in from Africa) the first record of the Western Cattle Egret is from the Guianas in 1877. The species established permanently in the 1930's in that area. After spreading north, it established in Mayan country somewhere between the late 50's and early 60's. 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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¿He De Dejar Las Bellas Flores?
Written by Antonio Zepeda
Performed by Antonio Zepeda
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Belated review: OMG!
26 October 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

I missed this on first run but just caught it.

Easily one of the top 100 films of all time, maybe even one of the top 10.

Boy is it hard to reconcile this brilliant piece of work from writer/director Mel Gibson in 2010 with the same Mel Gibson who in 2016 came out of retirement to bring us Blood Father.

But I digress.

This is a treat for the eyes the ears and the soul. I do not think movies get any better than this.

I did note that the cynics said this film reflects Gibson' penchant for violence...? Give me a break! There is little known about the Mayans -- thanks to the Christian friar who became their friend and then decided the world would be better off if he burned 99.9% of their books -- not to mention the core paradox THAT THEY ACTUALLY HAD 1000s of BOOKS READY FOR BURNING? -- but their artwork clearly shows that, whatever their mysterious origins, by the end of their empire they had devolved toward an addiction to human sacrifice.

(Much like other more recent empires I could name ... but again I digress).

Given what he had to work with -- a mysterious people with a lost history -- Gibson not only created a glorious film but also a really neat revenge tale as well.

Highest rating. Recommended.


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