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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartel land See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasabe, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,581, 5 July 2015

Gross USA:

$704,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,126,073
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Autodefensas group shown in the film was created by civilians to stand up against the cartels because the government is overrun with corruption. Individuals speak about how little the Mexican president (Enrique Peña Nieto) is doing. In the film, the Autodefensas is shown celebrating its one year anniversary on February 24, 2014. On that exact same day, TIME Magazine ran an issue with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with the headline "Saving Mexico." Nieto reportedly paid TIME $44,000 for this cover article coincidentally released on the same day as the Autodefensas anniversary. See more »

Quotes

José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles: Once we decided to act, the government organized to disarm us. But they have never announced that they are going to disarm the Templars. That's why we have to say together.
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Soundtracks

En Las Calles
Written by H. Scott Salinas and Jose Cancela
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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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