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The Snitch Cartel (2011)

El cartel de los sapos (original title)
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The life of Andres Lopez Lopez during his years involved with the Colombian Cartel aka "Cartel Norte del Valle".


Carlos Moreno, Juancho Cardona (co-director) (as Juan José Cardona)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Manolo Cardona ... Martín González 'El Fresita'
Juana Acosta ... Sofía
Diego Cadavid Diego Cadavid ... Pepe Cadena
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Don Modesto
Kuno Becker ... Damián
Tom Sizemore ... DEA Agent Sam Mathews
Adriana Barraza ... Abuela Isabel
Robinson Díaz ... Milton Jiménez 'El Cabo'
Julián Arango Julián Arango ... Álvaro José Pérez 'Gaudaña'
Fernando Solórzano Fernando Solórzano ... Óscar Cadena
Andrés Parra ... Alfonso Rendón 'Anestesia'
Juan Pablo Raba ... John Mario Martínez 'Pirulo'
Juan Carlos Arango Juan Carlos Arango ... Gonzalo Tovar 'Buñuelo' (as Juancho Arango)
Santiago Moure Santiago Moure ... Mario Lopera 'Don Mario'
Saúl Lisazo ... Coronel Ramiro Gutiérrez


Martin Gonzalez is a lower class boy who discovers the world of drug trafficking in the way to upward mobility fundamentally to win the love of Sophia, a good girl, a priori unattainable, which is his love since childhood. His boldness, unconsciousness and youth lead him to become active and vital part of the dangerous "Cartel Norte del Valle", a criminal organization that defines itself as a bloodthirsty and powerful device that overcame the Cali Cartel in cunning military power of corruption and economic strength. Several years of drug and appropriate (bad) friends helped Martin to move up the syndicate, and finally getting the attention of Sofia and win her love. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, drug content and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The official entry of Colombia to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


Remake of El Cartel de los Sapos (2008) See more »

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Underrated Gangster movie, the best Spanish Gangster movie of all time if not one of the Best
27 October 2017 | by marcokoolSee all my reviews

I want to start off by saying that I've seen A LOT of gangster/mobster movies. I just love the genre and I found this movie as a pleasant surprise. It had excellent acting, cinematography, and it was never boring even for one second. It was just an emotional love story that took place in cocaine capital of the world, Colombia, in the year 1993 shortly after the death of the most infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

This movie reminds me so much of the Netflix TV Show "Narcos". If you love that show like I do, then you'll definitely love The Snitch Cartel. It seriously is as entertaining, Latin charismatic, cinematography-good, nice to look at settings/environments, and sex-filled as Narcos.

Also props to the whole cast who did an amazing job in acting. I was surprised by how good Kuno Becker was in this movie since I thought his acting was only okay in "Goal! The Dream Begins" (2005) (I really freakin love that movie btw. So inspiring.) He reminded me of a Orlando Bloom in Kingdom of Heaven (2005). He just did such a good job. I'm proud of him.

This is my first movie review, but I had to make one since I loved this movie so much and saw there were only 2 reviews for it. I was close to giving this movie a 10/10 especially because of how awesome and perfect the cinematography is but the shoot-out scene and the ending disappointed me since I didn't feel it was realistic in the world of cartels (but I was still more than entertained).

Other gangster/mobster movies I would recommend are: American Me (1992), City of God (2002), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Public Enemy (1931), Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012), Carlito's Way (1993), and of course Scarface (1983)

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Release Date:

11 November 2011 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine Killers - Im Fadenkreuz der Mafia See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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