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The Line (2009)

La linea (original title)
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The unstable new kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel is targeted by an assassin for elimination.


James Cotten





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Mark Shields
Andy Garcia ... Javier Salazar
Esai Morales ... René Pelon
Armand Assante ... Padre Antonio
Valerie Cruz ... Olivia
Jordi Vilasuso ... Diablo
Kevin Gage ... Wire
Bruce Davison ... Anthony
Joe Morton ... Hodges
Danny Trejo ... Mario
Gary Daniels ... Martin
Michael DeLorenzo ... Pablo
David Ackert ... Mohommad
Jason Connery ... Randall
Victoria Elizabeth ... Ana


The story centers around veteran assassin Mark Shields as he tracks down, Pelon, the elusive head of the Salazar Crime Cartel. Through twists of fate, Shields ends up with a local woman, Olivia who is also fighting her own demons for the sake of her daughter. Set in the rich and atmospheric backdrop of Tijuana, Mexico, La Linea (The Line) is full of action, drama and finds its soul in the plight of the characters that inhabit the most dangerous city in North America. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual material, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Don Wilson was originally cast to star in the role of Ray Liotta. Wilson's role was entirely rewritten for Liotta, eliminating any martial arts content. Wilson cites losing the role as part of the reason for his five year hiatus from filmmaking. See more »


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Javier Salazar: Do nothing... If you want it shut down the fundamental flaw system... all you gotta do is step out of it's way... and it'll shut itself down. Nature has a way of correcting itself.
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Written by Juan Villareal
Performed by Juan Villareal
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Moody, adequate crime thriller

The Line, or La Linea as it was released under, is a downbeat little film about American assassin Mark Shields (Ray Liotta), following him as he navigates the treacherous political and criminal terrain in Mexico, right around the time of a suspected overthrow and shift in cartel power. The leader of the tijuana cartel (a listless Andy Garcia) is terminally ill, and a sadistic young upstart (Esai Morales) wants to take over the business. This creates a lot of commotion and violence, much of which is dealt out by Liotta, with the help of a great big sniper rifle. Now the plot is pretty muddled, and I saw it a lot time ago. I was never really clear who Liotta is actually working for, the Mexican faction or a couple shady agency dudes (Joe Morton and Bruce Davison). In any case, he's wounded in a gunfight and takes shelter with a Mexican woman (Valerie Cruz) and her son in a small village nearby. It's a meandering little film that doesn't quite know if it wants to be an action flick, a drug war docudrama or a noirish character study, but dabbles in all three before arriving at a conclusion that I had to rewind at least three times to understand, and then still didn't get it. Armand Assante wanders around as a mysterious preacher, Danny Trejo shows his mug as a deadly cartel assassin, as well as Gary Daniels and Kevin Gage in smaller roles. Not really a great flick, but peppered with enough familiar faces and genre tradition to garner some interest.

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Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

22 December 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

La Linea - The Line See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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