A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.

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Adrian Grunberg (as Adrian Grünberg)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Driver
Kevin Balmore ... Kid (as Kevin Hernandez)
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Javi
Jesús Ochoa ... Caracas
Dolores Heredia ... Kid's Mom
Peter Gerety ... Embassy Guy
Roberto Sosa ... Carnal (as Roberto Sosa Martinez)
Peter Stormare ... Frank
Mario Zaragoza ... Vasquez
Gerardo Taracena ... Romero
Dean Norris ... Bill
Tenoch Huerta ... Carlos (as Tenoch Huerta Mejia)
Fernando Becerril ... Prison Director
Scott Cohen ... Frank's Lawyer
Bob Gunton ... Thomas Kaufman
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Storyline

On his way the dusty Mexican border with a loot of over $2 million hidden in the boot of his car, a getaway driver ends up in the infamous "El Pueblito" prison. As the only American inmate in the dangerous village of convicts, the driver quickly gets the nickname "The Gringo", and finds out firsthand how rough it is to be a stranger in a world of criminals. To stay alive in this pit where everyone knows about the grand prize, the Gringo will have to form a reluctant pact with an unlikely ally: a streetwise ten-year-old kid with a peculiar immunity in this mad place. Now, with a huge target on his head and knowing that his time is short, will the Gringo manage to save himself, and get the money? Written by Nick Riganas

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Plan your getaway See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In this movie and Lethal Weapon (1987) Mel Gibson's character was a sniper in army. See more »

Goofs

When the Border Patrol agent shoots at Driver's car at the beginning of the film, his pistol does not cycle and eject any spent casings, indicating the pistol is obviously not real. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clown: I need a doctor!
Driver: I'll get you a vet, you son of a bitch! You should'a shot him first!
Bill: [over radio] We've got two clowns heading south on Wall 51, four miles from the border.
Driver: And stop bleeding on my money!
Bill: [over radio] All units be advised, suspects are armed and dangerous.
Driver: [Clown vomiting blood] What the fuck?
Driver: [narration] Well, hello boys and girls. there's nothing worse than a sad clown. Unless it's a clown bleeding internally and coughing it all over your money.
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Connections

References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

50,000 miles Beneath My Brain
Written by Alvin Lee (uncredited)
Performed by Ten Years After
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Mel Gibson is back!!!!!!!!!!.....seriously back...
11 May 2012 | by jithinjofrancisSee all my reviews

While watching this movie i was wondering why this movie was provided on a VOD service.....with such awesome stunts ,a strong script and brilliant acting this movie deserved a wide release .I was never a big Gibson fan but now i think i like his style of action thrillers never meant to say that i didn't like lethal weapon series but this in a way is more simplistic and tough.

This movie is seriously meant for fans of tough action movies and is not for people looking out for a highly intelligent action movie.This is a smartly and slickly written piece of work which definitely has its ups and downs.The story is nothing new, first half hour is Mel settling into prison life ,but when the action begins it's a very brutal affair.

The ups of the movie include the sublimely realistic acting of all the lead actors with Mel Gibson leading from the front,a tightly and smartly written screenplay(courtesy Gibson)and a smart yet simplistic approach from the director.

The downsides include the quality of shots taken which i think they should have taken with a much higher budget in hand and also a pretty unimpressive trailer. If only it had been marketed well and had a wide release this movie would have hit bulls eye.

All in all this movie is a Mel Gibson show which is highly gripping,thrilling and which I found is all the more absurdly entertaining.

Thanks to all the folks who read the review.CHEEEERSSS........!!!


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

How I Spent My Summer Vacation See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,826,837
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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