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Cartel Land (2015)

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Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.


Matthew Heineman
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Tim Nailer Foley ... Self (as Tim 'Nailer' Foley)
José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles ... Self - leader and founder, Autodefensas
Paco Valencia Paco Valencia ... Self - Autodefensas Comandante
Chaneque Chaneque ... Self - drug cartel thug
Caballo Caballo ... Self - drug cartel thug
Enrique Peña Nieto ... Self
Ana Valencia Ana Valencia ... Self - Manuel Mireles' wife
Estanislao Beltránin ... Self - spokesman, Autodefensas
Janet Fields Janet Fields ... Self - Tim Foley's girlfriend
Nicolás Sierra ... Self (as as Nicolás Sierra 'El Gordo')
Karla Karla ... Self
Alfredo Castillo Cervantes ... Self - Mexican political (as Alfredo Castillo)
María Imilse Arrué María Imilse Arrué ... Self (as María Imilse)
Shawn Wilson ... Self


A physician in Michoacán, Mexico leads a citizen uprising against the drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico's drug wars from entering U.S. territory. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

: Rated R for violent disturbing images, language, drug content and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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docu or film?
15 September 2016 | by m-oosterheerdSee all my reviews

Editors note:

Almost always people comment on films on this website in quite a good way. So I never felt the urge to write/contribute something....

The film:

First of all I never wrote a review on this website before. And to be honest i don't think this will count as a review. Actually it was never my intention to write a review but more so to ask a critical question... Is this still a documentary? The quality of the images, the story and of the film in general are mind blowing! It gets you thinking and shows you the good, the bad and the ugly (pun intended).The story itself and the people involved are real, but in my opinion this is a reenactment! Staged, beautifully done but staged... The subject and the way they showed it is compelling, brutal at times, and it will get you thinking but I can't lose the feeling i watched a movie/film and not a documentary... Which is either brilliant or bad... Help me out, your thoughts pls.

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Release Date:

3 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartel Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasabe, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,581, 5 July 2015

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2.35 : 1
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