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Heli (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 9 August 2013 (Mexico)
Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.


Amat Escalante


Gabriel Reyes (screenplay), Amat Escalante (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Armando Espitia ... Heli
Andrea Vergara ... Estela
Linda González Linda González ... Sabrina
Juan Eduardo Palacios Juan Eduardo Palacios ... Beto
Reina Torres Reina Torres ... Detective Maribel
Ramón Álvarez Ramón Álvarez ... Evaristo
Gabriel Reyes Gabriel Reyes ... Detective Omar
Felix Alberto Pegueros Herrera Felix Alberto Pegueros Herrera ... Comandate (as Félix Alberto Pegueros Herrera)
Kenny Johnston ... Asesor Extranjero
Laura Saldaña Quintero Laura Saldaña Quintero ... Rosalinda
Agustín Salazar Hernández Agustín Salazar Hernández ... Bebé Santiago
Juan Pablo Nieves Dominguez Juan Pablo Nieves Dominguez ... Chuchin
Jaime Osvaldo Chía Palacios Jaime Osvaldo Chía Palacios ... Maruchan
Virgilio López Macías Virgilio López Macías ... El Guayo
Eduardo Rene Salazar Güereca Eduardo Rene Salazar Güereca ... El Morocho


Heli, a factory worker in rural Mexico must try and protect his young family when his 12 year old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world when she agrees to look after some cocaine found by her older boyfriend. When the drug cartel want their drugs back they go after the boyfriend and Heli's young family. Written by Anonymous

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Official submission of Mexico to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »


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Let's just say this isn't a date movie...
30 June 2014 | by euroGarySee all my reviews

On his BBC radio show Terry Wogan once described Kenny Rogers' country classic 'Coward of the county' (the song with the unfortunate Becky) as being "about beat-up folk". So too is 'Heli', a film set in México. Its eponymous hero is a young man who works the night shift in order to support his wife (who won't sleep with him) and child. His school-age sister is going out with an army cadet who, Heli discovers, has hidden some cocaine on the family's property...

Except for a couple of action-packed sequences (including a prolonged torture scene that will have every man watching wincing in horrified sympathy) this is a slow-moving film. Common film-makers' mistakes such as shots that last just that little bit too long, and needless sequences (eg: an un-named extra larking about on a police lectern, adding nothing to the story) are in evidence. And it's hard to tell whether Heli's (mostly) passive acceptance of what happens to him and his family is because he is a decent man beaten down by a corrupt system (at one point even the female police officer tries to seduce him) or because actor Armando Espitia doesn't have a wide enough range for the role. But the story is interesting and the film well worth watching; and even if you don't enjoy it, there's a sex scene right at the end which you can look on as a reward for getting that far.

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Release Date:

9 August 2013 (Mexico) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calderones, Guanajuato, Mexico See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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