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El infierno (2010)

El Benny is deported from the U.S. and returns home to a Mexico devastated by the drug wars. He too joins in, and starts climbing the hierarchy, finding a prosperous life, full of money, women, violence and fun.


Luis Estrada


Luis Estrada (screenplay), Luis Estrada (story) | 2 more credits »
27 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Benny García
Joaquín Cosio ... El Cochiloco
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Don José Reyes
María Rojo ... Doña Mari Reyes
Elizabeth Cervantes ... La Cuñada
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Capitán Ramírez
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... El Huasteco
Salvador Sánchez ... El Padrino
Angelina Peláez ... Mamá García
Kristyan Ferrer ... El Sobrino (as Kristian Ferrer)
Dagoberto Gama ... El Sargento
Mauricio Isaac ... El J.R.
Alejandro Calva ... Jefe de Policía
Emilio Guerrero ... El Alcalde
Silverio Palacios ... Hermanos Cucaracha


Benjamin Garcia, Benny, is deported from the United States. Back home and against a bleak picture, Benny gets involved in the narco business, in which has for the first time in his life, an spectacular rise surrounded by money, women, violence and fun. But very soon he discovers that criminal life does not always keep its promises. An epic black comedy about the world of Mafia and organized crime, Hell helps us to understand what everybody is asking: What is happening in Mexico today? Written by El Cochiloco

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Mexico 2010, El Infierno... Nada que celebrar

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some graphic violence and explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This is the film of the trilogy that received less censorship while it was being projected in Mexico, this could be because, the other two films, "Herodes' Law" (2000) and "The Perfect Dictatorship" (2014), were released when the most powerful and controversial Party of the country, PRI, was ruling the country. This party is very known in Mexico for not letting the people critizise them. See more »


the closeup of the grenade tossed under the pickup truck clearly shows a big hole at the bottom of the grenade, which indicates it is a "dummy" grenade used for training and such, these type of grenades are usual army surplus store stuck. See more »


References The Place Without Limits (1978) See more »


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Genius tastes better with a grain of salt
23 September 2010 | by Directrix_MSee all my reviews

I assure you that this movie's legacy will still be talked about in decades to come. Certainly, the sole fact that this movie came to be speaks wonders of how great cinema can be made in Mexico, together with its box-office companion, "Hidalgo".

There is a little something for everyone: emotional dilemmas, intellectual reflection, and scenes so well composed that they're worthy of being shown in film schools. For the general public, the tasteful black comedy, the strong symbolic images, as well as the numerous occasions it gives for yelling "burn!!" (or "pedradas", in Spanish) will be the most memorable.

The ideas behind the making of this movie are definitely genius, but it still should be taken with a grain of salt. It is a very simplified view of the lower levels of the narco industry, as it only portrays the case of how a small rural town, with typical small-town values and small-town conservatism, is affected. The movie has been warmly received by the Mexican public, who after only seeing the consequences of this battle against narco forces, have no idea of what this narco business really is about, and crave any type of inside scoop they can get their hands on.

This movie presents what feels like great insight in an easily digestible way.

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (Mexico) See more »

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Dolby Digital


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2.35 : 1
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