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Gringo (2018)

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GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

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Nash Edgerton

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Anthony Tambakis (screenplay by), Matthew Stone (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Richard Rusk
Charlize Theron ... Elaine Markinson
David Oyelowo ... Harold Soyinka
Thandie Newton ... Bonnie Soyinka
Bashir Salahuddin ... Stu
Glenn Kubota ... Shigetoshi Yasumura
Melonie Diaz ... Mia
Amanda Seyfried ... Sunny
Harry Treadaway ... Miles
Theo Taplitz ... Justin
Paris Jackson ... Nelly
Yul Vazquez ... Angel Valverde
Hernán Mendoza ... Celerino Sanchez
Hector Kotsifakis ... Roberto Vega
Ricardo Esquerra Ricardo Esquerra ... Sanchez's Brother in Law
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Storyline

An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth - or two steps ahead? Written by Amazon Studios

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An American Corporation, The Mexican Cartel, Chances Are This Won't End Well. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

rated R for language throughout, violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

Australia | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Yoruba

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gringo See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,722,420, 11 March 2018

Gross USA:

$4,969,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,001,627
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Harold was rewritten to have a Nigerian background after David Oyelowo was cast. Oyelowo pitched director Nash Edgerton on the earnest naivety that such a character could bring. See more »

Goofs

After Harold is taken from Mitch by the hotel employees, Mitch recovers from being hit by the car. He then gathers his equipment bag and staggers to his car. Mitch places his bag on the roof of the car, gets in, and drives away. In the next shot, his bag is on the seat next to him, when he actually left it on the roof. See more »

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Harold Soyinka: know I'm not supposed to touch the mini-bar but I'm going to do it. You know, I don't even care anymore, I'm doing it. I'm having the merlot!
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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Written by River Tiber (as Tommy Paxton-Beesley), Frank Dukes (as Adam Feeney), Ashton Simmons
Performed by River Tiber (as River Tiber)
Courtesy of River Tiber (as River Tiber)
By arrangement with Greater Goods Co.
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Hilarious black comedy
25 May 2018 | by ginocox-206-336968See all my reviews

Gringo (2018) is a black comedy with half a dozen tightly intertwined subplots, in which nearly everybody is out to deceive, betray, and/or cheat everybody else. The two innocents in this coterie of scoundrels are Harold (David Oyelowo, O.B.E.) and Sunny (Amanda Seyfried). Harold might more aptly be yclept Matt, as he allows everybody walk all over him, secure in the conviction that good will prevail and the just will be rewarded - although these convictions will be severely tested. All of the plots revolve about Richard (Joel Edgerton), a self-centered narcissist with a seriously defective moral compass, and his designs to cheat everybody, or their designs to reciprocate.

None of the characters is particularly likeable, although many are the type of intriguing villains one loves to hate. Unfortunately, this also applies to Harold and Sunny. While we sympathize with Harold, we never really like him or even root for his success. This isn't the fault of Oyelowo, who plays the character with conviction. But Harold is a total doofus, while the other characters are so much more interesting to watch.

Production values are more than adequate, with a refreshing lack of distracting jiggly-cam shots. Performances by Sharlto Copley, Charlize Theron and Thandie Newton also deserve praise. Excellent script by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone.


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