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The Mule (2018)

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A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Nick Schenk, Sam Dolnick (inspired by the New York Times Magazine Article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year Old Drug Mule" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Earl Stone
Patrick L. Reyes ... Farmhand #3
Cesar De León ... Jose
Gustavo Muñoz Gustavo Muñoz ... Farmhand #2
Jackie Prucha ... Helen
Richard Herd ... Tim Kennedy
Adam Drescher ... Computer Daylily Guy
Christi McClintock ... Daylily Fan
Keith Flippen ... MC
Alison Eastwood ... Iris
Kinsley Isla Dillon ... Younger Ginny
Dianne Wiest ... Mary
Joe Knezevich ... Dave
Megan Leahy ... Bartender
Taissa Farmiga ... Ginny

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Storyline

Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man who is ninety years old, broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well, so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl. The mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging D.E.A. Agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him.

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Nobody Runs Forever See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film was based on the true story of Leo "Tata" Sharp, a fellow who spent ten years as a mule for the Sinaloa cartel, the powerful drug-trafficking ring on earth. Rather than strictly running from El Paso to Chicago, as depicted in the film, Tata primarily moved the drugs from safe houses in Arizona and delivered them to locations in Detroit, Boston, as well as Chicago. He also transported cash for the cartel. See more »

Goofs

When driving past White Sands National Monument, Earl is driving on white gypsum road with sand dunes on both sides. This type of road is only found within the National Monument. The road past the monument is a paved US highway and sand dunes are not on both sides of the highway. See more »

Quotes

Earl Stone: You're right. I thought it was more important to be somebody out there than the damn failure I was here at my own home.
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Connections

Referenced in The Mule: Clint Eastwood - The Legacy Continues (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

More Today Than Yesterday
Written by Pat Upton (as Patrick Upton)
Performed by The Spiral Starecase (as Spiral Staircase)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Not bad..
28 December 2018 | by bdolloff-63905See all my reviews

I'll keep it short. Not a bad movie, a little slow but just enough to keep you interested. Good acting, funny wise cracks, ending kind of a let down. Still better than 90% of the movie out there. 7/10


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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,509,431, 16 December 2018

Gross USA:

$103,804,407

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,804,407
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (7.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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