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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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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: The Americans,they are very smart,but sometimes they can be incredibly stupid.They spend all this money,time and energy on so called war on terror.They put satellites up in space.They can ram a smart-bomb up a camel's ass... from a situation 5 thousand miles away.and every time the U.S kills an Al Qaeda leader,what happens? There's a new one before the body is cold.They do it a million times,and never get it... Because the real solution,always eludes them.
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A classic character study
11 April 2009 | by psmith1658See all my reviews

La Linea is a great film, but it is also a bit of a trick, which may hurt the film eventually. No doubt that the distributors and the Hollywood machine will try to market this film as a topical action film snatched right out of the headlines. In actuality, La Linea is a classic character study of several complex people who converge and/or collide in the very dangerous city of Tijuana, Mexico.

Ray Liotta plays a hired assassin (whose paymaster we don't know until the end), who heads down in the underbelly of Tijuana to track down a the newly installed head of the Cartel (Esai Morales). The problem is that Esai Morales' character is trying to move the Cartels business from Cocaine (which, in this story, is approved by the US government), to Afghani Heroin. This decision sets into motion an internal struggle for control of the crime syndicate, as well as triggers the US government to send in assassins to get rid of the problem.

Sounds like an action movie for Dolph Lundgren, right? No. Interestingly enough, La Linea is really a multiple character study: An assassin haunted by guilt. An uber-violent Cartel leader that has to go to confession everyday. The assassins sidekick who is more interested in local hookers than getting the hit done. A local prostitute and single mother who takes a stranger in and cares for him. These are all story lines that thread through this very dark tail. I did enjoy the film, and I would definitely recommend it. My only hope is that the powers that be market the film for what it is, so that people who are looking to see a Dolph Lundgren film, don't pick it up and are disappointed. This is a very well done film, with beautiful cinematography and from what I understand, completely independently financed. We need more like it.

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Release Date:

22 December 2011 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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