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El Niño (2014)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesús
... Niño
... Sergio
... Vicente
... Eva
... Compi
Mariam Bachir ... Amina
Juan Motilla ... Manolo
... Rachid
Saed Chatiby ... Halil
... Inglés
María García ... Marifé
Abel Mora ... Hombre del Puerto
Ales Furundarena ... Juez Instructor
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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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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€2,915,634 (Spain), 29 August 2014, Wide Release
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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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Action-Thriller in the Gibraltar stretch
3 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is the sort of film that gets me excited about the level of talent that is present in Spain. El Niño is a Cops and Robbers (well, Cops and Drug Mules!) movie in inimitable Spanish style. It revolves around a couple of small town hoods, El Niño (Jesus Castro) and his pal El Compi (Jesus Carroza) who want to get into the drug smuggling business in the Gibraltar stretch.

One boat ride across this stretch is all they need to smuggle their drugs into Europe from Africa. Of course, they have obstacles in the shape of Jesus (Luis Tosar) and Eva (Barbara Lennie), two cops who are trying to crack down the drug smuggling business as they chase El Inglés (Ian McShane) a Englishman who's a Gibraltar kingpin in this business, and who will cross paths with the young hoods.

The tale carries a steady pace, with some exciting and some I-don't-know-how-they-shot-it action scenes that are truly thrilling. It still has the usual tropes of a love story blooming amidst the chaos, a disgruntled cop who can't find his crook. But the film also restrains itself when necessary and has a formal beauty that matches its grand storyline.

It's truly ambitious cinema and well worth the price of admission.


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