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Get the Gringo (2012)

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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

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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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

Alejandra Cuervo, a member of the production team, was hired by the producers prior to the commencement of principal photography to do extensive research, a living history, on El Pueblito that included talking with several of its ex-inmates, for first-hand experiences. See more »

Goofs

Mel Gibson's character says at the beginning of the film that his mom used to tell him, "F-ck off, loser." However, he later tells the kid that he was first put into prison when he was 14 for assaulting his father for beating his mom. The same mom who apparently didn't like him as a son. 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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References Dancing with the Stars (2005) See more »

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U.S. Bound
Written and performed by Antonio Pinto
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Sadder but wiser Mel is excellent
9 May 2012 | by jmr7123See all my reviews

Just finished watching this excellent movie, and I hadn't realized how much I missed Mel Gibs on. Like the man himself, the main character in this film, Driver, is worn and weary, sadder but wiser, and comfortable with the ironies of life. And the world built here, "El Pueblito," based on the actual prison in Tijuana, is real and startling. Portrayal of Mexico is outlandish at the same time it's sympathetic. Not much action, but shoot out scene in middle of movie is worth watching.

I understand this movie is getting no theatrical release in the US, and that's a shame. Just hope word of mouth will get around about this great movie. It's time to rehabilitate Mel Gibson.


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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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2.35 : 1
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