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La linea (2009)

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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

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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There are some lines you should never cross See more »


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

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

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 »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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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: 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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1 May 2009 | by martin-ortizSee all my reviews

It is very difficult to give something new to the audience. Specially when talking about such a controversial topics as Drug dealing, mafia, terrorism, cartels Etc.

Being Mexican myself I looked forward to see how a new director would portray this "not to take lightly" topic. The first impression I got as I began to watch the movie was the serious influence of Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic", a fabulous movie which provides an unusual vision of the drug underworld. As the movie continued it was not difficult to identify some the similarity with some other movies, not only character wise, but also concerning plot, conflict and even cinematography.

Shields' character is a weird mix of Denzel's Creasy in Man on fire and Pierce Brosnan's hit-man in Matador. Both very well structured characters, but when combined do not have the same effect.

It is difficult to be bring something new to Drug dealing movies, particularly because everything has pretty much been said about dealing drugs; so when a director tries to give some extra dramatic flavor, it has a contradictory effect, It is appealing but not very coherent.

Check out this movie it is not completely dismissible, specially if you take into account its independent nature. But do not expect to see anything worth referring to in the future.


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