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El Niño (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 August 2014 (Spain)
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A small-time trafficker working in the Gibraltar Straits.

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Daniel Monzón
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Jesús
Jesús Castro ... Niño
Eduard Fernández ... Sergio
Sergi López ... Vicente
Bárbara Lennie ... Eva
Jesús Carroza ... Compi
Mariam Bachir Mariam Bachir ... Amina
Juan Motilla Juan Motilla ... Manolo
Moussa Maaskri ... Rachid
Saed Chatiby Saed Chatiby ... Halil
Ian McShane ... Inglés
María García María García ... Marifé
Abel Mora Abel Mora ... Hombre del Puerto
Ales Furundarena Ales Furundarena ... Juez Instructor
Somaya Taoufiki Somaya Taoufiki ... Amiga de Amina
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El Niño is a young boy who lives in La Línea de la Concepción, close to Rock of Gibraltar, repairing and testing motorboats. After a night of party with his friend El Compi, they meet Halil, a young Muslim who has an uncle, Rachid, a drug dealer. Convinced by El Compi, El Niño accepts to be a drug mule, crossing it from África to Spain in a motorboat. In the opposite side of the law is Jesús, a veteran police officer who, helped by his partner Eva, is looking for El Inglés, an important drug dealer who operates in the Rock of Gibraltar. Written by Chockys

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | Arabic | English

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

9 mil See more »

Filming Locations:

Gibraltar See more »

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Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,915,634 (Spain), 29 August 2014, Wide Release
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Color
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When Eva checks the bank accounts and finds out that there's something she can't check, the warning graphics have a typo misspelling "Juridiction" instead of "Jurisdiction". See more »


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Niño sin miedo
Written by India Martínez, Riki Rivera and David Santisteban
Performed by India Martínez feat. Rachid Taha
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Spanish drug trafficking crime thriller
3 April 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

El Nino lives in La Linea just outside the Rock of Gibraltar; he earns a meagre living repairing other peoples' luxury boats. One night his best mate Compi talks him into doing something to earn a bit of extra cash and he introduces him to Halil. Hali's uncle, Rashid, is a big time drug smuggler and he uses the short route across the straits of Gibraltar to get the drugs across from Africa. El Nino and co are soon put to work dodging the cops on the dangerous run.

We also have the police in the shape of duo Jesus and Alma who have been after these guys for two years. They have been focusing on El Ingles (Ian McShane) who operates on UK territory from the Rock and is outside their jurisdiction. But the drug guys have more cash than is decent and are allegedly bribing the cops to get the job done - badly. We also have the affairs of the heart that are at the centre of the main protagonist's lives and more than a fair dose of action. This is not high octane but it is full of thrills and at a run time that exceeds two hours it is impressive that I was kept hooked until the very end.

This is from director Daniel Monzon who also brought us 'Cell 211' which was rather good too. If he keeps up the quality with films like this then I think he will have a very bright future. In Spanish with some English and with good sub titles - this is one for those who like a bit of action but also a good helping of well construed plot to accompany the thrills.


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