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The unstable new kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel is targeted by an assassin for elimination.

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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 Victoria Elizabeth ... Ana
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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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Mexico | USA

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Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

22 December 2011 (South Korea) See more »

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La Linea - The Line See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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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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Effective sun-drenched crime snapshot
7 January 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Although you'd be forgiven for mistaking THE LINE for an action flick, it turns out to be anything but: this is in actual fact a character study of various interacting and rival personalities in a violent Mexican city. Ray Liotta bags the central and most interesting role as a hit-man traumatised by an event in his past and given the opportunity to make amends in the present.

Against him is gang leader Pelon, played to the hilt by the chilling Esai Morales. This is a guy who thinks nothing of torturing rivals to death and who fully deserves his comeuppance – should it ever come about. The supporting cast is made up of an excellent ensemble of actors, including those better known for B-movies (Danny Trejo and Gary Daniels both have brief henchman roles) as well as more familiar faces. Andy Garcia, who's been off our screens for quite some time, is particularly interesting as the former gangster wasting away from a terminal illness. Also look out for Bruce Davison, an unrecognisable Armand Assante and the ever-underrated Joe Morton.

This may not be an action movie, but there is at least one splendid shoot-out to enjoy. In any case, the entire film is well shot and the script holds your attention in the snappy, heartfelt dialogue scenes as well as the thriller elements. Comparing it to other recent gangster movies, it comes in under CITY OF GOD but above GOMORRAH.


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