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A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

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Ric Roman Waugh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... John Matthews
Barry Pepper ... Agent Cooper
Jon Bernthal ... Daniel James
Susan Sarandon ... Joanne Keeghan
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Malik (as Michael K. Williams)
Rafi Gavron ... Jason Collins
Melina Kanakaredes ... Sylvie Collins
Nadine Velazquez ... Analisa
Benjamin Bratt ... Juan Carlos 'El Topo' Pintera
Lela Loren ... Vanessa
JD Pardo ... Benicio
David Harbour ... Jay Price
Harold Perrineau ... Jeffery Steele
Kyara Campos Kyara Campos ... Isabelle Matthews
James Allen McCune ... Craig
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Storyline

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How far would you go to save your son?

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El infiltrado See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,167,607, 24 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,930,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,824,674
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) takes his son away from some local gang members, one of them tells the other that James is a shot caller. In 2017, Bernthal stars in a movie called "Shot Caller" also directed by Ric Roman Waugh. See more »

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The semi truck that gets crashed is a Freightliner but the interior is a Volvo. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Craig: That party we just threw, there were over a thousand people there, bro.
Jason Collins: No way. Oh, my God. I can't wait to get up there.
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Featured in Great MoVie Mistakes (2013) See more »

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No Eres Buena
Performed by Los Texas Wranglers
Written by Julian L. Fernandez
Courtesy of Frog Music Licensing LLC
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Much much better than I expected
22 February 2013 | by edwin1030See all my reviews

I have never been much of a fan of The Rock. My love of professional wrestling tapered off around the time I was about 15 years old, and that was before The Rock's heydey. His movies (the ones I have seen) have been marginal at best in my opinion. But for a guy who was ushered into the field of acting to capitalize on his popularity and not to win Academy Awards, he has come a long way from The Scorpion King. What I liked about "Snitch" is it's the anti-action movie. I expected a movie like the terrible "Last Stand" starring Ah-nold Schwarzenegger. I expected fabricated car chases and shootouts where the bad guys must be shooting blanks because they are unable to shoot the good guy even when they have a clear shot. I expected scenes where The Rock would beat up 10 guys who all take turns coming at him instead of simply jumping him. But "Snitch" was different. It's a story of the lengths a father will go to help his son. I don't want to give away any spoilers but he goes very far. The Rock -- he's credited as Dwayne Johnson (I guess so viewers take the movie seriously) -- is very believable and does himself proud with some consistent good acting. He shows the trepidation and vulnerability of a father who puts his life on the line to save his son, who is imprisoned after committing a dumb crime. But the actor who steals the movie is John Bernthal, who plays an ex-con trying to live an honest life but is dragged back to the dark side in order to help The Rock, whom he works for doing construction. Michael Kenneth Williams will forever be known as "Omar" and is typecast but does a good turn as a drug dealer. The other supporting cast, including Susan Sarandon as a district attorney, are excellent. "Snitch" moves at a deliberate pace, which gives it more of a natural and believable feel. The few action sequences are good and do not seem overly exaggerated. I will go out on a limb and say this movie will not be nominated for Best Picture, but compared with the junk I've seen so far this year (including the latest Die Hard), I recommend "Snitch".


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