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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.

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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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Storyline

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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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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Color

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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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A Masterful Work
11 April 2009 | by joelv101868See all my reviews

The film left a strong impression on me, which is why I'm an ardent supporter of and proponent for it. I love crime/gangster dramas, because a well-made one is able to compress and magnify human emotions through a clear-cut dramatic arc of its main characters. The nature of the genre means that the highest possible stakes are in play -- namely human life. When this is complicated by a flawed protagonist, as Ray Liotta's character certainly is, who also is propelled along a spiritual arc parallel to the dramatic one, then the story becomes even more interesting and compelling.

Of course, it all starts with Mr. Frazier's screenplay, which was excellent. I have to give credit to the director, Mr. Cotten, as well, but the lyrical, poetic, almost operatic tone of the film comes from the script. His writing drew me in, captured my imagination, and was emotionally resonant. I spent a lot of time in Tijuana between 2004- 2008, when my friend was assigned to the U.S. Consulate there as Chief of the American Citizens Services Section, and the verisimilitude of atmosphere was not missed, which is important, since TJ itself is a character in the film.

Finally, because of all these effective elements and components (great writing, acting, art direction, cinematography and direction), the film took me on a journey that I wanted to go on, and didn't cheat me emotionally. Some stories are served and heightened by ambiguous endings, but 'La Linea' called for a clearly-defined one, and the denouement was perfect. And even with the integrity of the story logic, I never saw the plot twist at the end coming! It was a satisfying one, and again, a sign of great writing. I truly hope that the film receives the recognition that it deserves


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