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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin nombre (original title)
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A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.


Cary Joji Fukunaga (as Cary Jôji Fukunaga)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Antonio Aguirre Marco Antonio Aguirre ... Big Lips
Leonardo Alonso ... Policía Judicial
Karla Cecilia Alvarado Karla Cecilia Alvarado ... Marera
Juan Pablo Arias Barrón Juan Pablo Arias Barrón ... Niño #3
Rosalba Belén Barrón Rosalba Belén Barrón ... Niño #2
Felipe Castro Felipe Castro ... Marero (as Sixto Felipe Castro)
Rosalba Quintana Cruz Rosalba Quintana Cruz ... Tierra Blanca Mujer
Marcela Feregrino Marcela Feregrino ... Kimberly
Kristyan Ferrer ... El Smiley (as Kristian Ferrer)
Edgar Flores ... Willy 'El Casper'
Giovani Florido ... El Sipe (as Giovanni Florido)
Paulina Gaitan ... Sayra
Ariel Galvan Ariel Galvan ... Migrante #1
Diana García ... Martha Marlene
Gabriela Garibaldi Gabriela Garibaldi ... Diana


Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. Written by IMDb Editors

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The title "Sin Nombre" translates as "without a name." See more »


The teardrop tattoo on el Casper's right eye is missing in two consecutive scenes on the top of the train but is visible on his face throughout the movie both before and after these scenes on the train. Interestingly, the tattoo is an important identifying mark/symbol in the movie and is specifically highlighted by gang members when asking locals if they have seen Casper as they try to find him and hunt him down. See more »


Sayra: Back home, my friend Clarissa made me see this crazy neighbor, Doña Eleanor, you know, like witchcraft? She smoked this puro, then told me with her freaky voice that I'd make it to the U.S. but not in God's hand, perhaps in the Devil's.
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Cumbia del Informe
Written by Zaratrustra Vázquez Ruíz)
Performed by Sonido Changorama
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SIN NOMBRE is about people you know...Yes...ALL people you know, but don't see...Invisible, NAMELESS...until SIN NOMBRE!
2 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

(NAMELESS in English) SIN NOMBRE is a movie about people you know. They cook your food, bus your table, and wash your dishes every time you eat at a restaurant. When you go on vacation; they make your bed, change your sheets and clean up your mess. They probably cut your grass and tend your garden, too...and Lord knows what else! Oh, Yes, these are ALL people you know, but don't see. They were invisible, NAMELESS...until SIN NOMBRE!

One of the most powerful, enlightening, depressing, and yet, strangely uplifting films I've seen this year. As NAMELSS ended, I was anxious to see who the executive producers were. I now have newfound respect and admiration for both Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal (Worked together in "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "Rudo y Cursi"). They were the movers and shakers of SIN NOMBRE. They bank-rolled it and made it happen. And it was about time! This is a story that was crying out to be told!

…...Well, two stories, actually. Mara Salvatrucha is a gang/criminal organization with 100K members throughout the U.S. and Central America (Wikipedia). Human smuggling and trafficking is one of their primary sources of income. Here, we get a chilling, first-hand look into this international gangland organization and how they corrupt, destroy and exploit children and youth.

NAMELESS presents this twisted reality and lets the facts speak for themselves. You get to draw your own conclusions. Mine: Aren't we lucky we don't have to go through any of this to live here, in the USA?


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Torreón, Coahuíla, Mexico


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,446, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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