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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.

Director:

Sergio Arau
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Stars: Dawn Westlake, Michael White, Tina S. Nieto
Comedy

The sequel to Arau's cult hit and 2004 social satire, "A Day Without a Mexican."

Director: Sergio Arau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Aaron ... Aunt Gigi
Tony Abatemarco ... Talk Show Host
Melinda Allen ... Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison Frankie J. Allison ... Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Fernando Arau Fernando Arau ... Undocumented 1
Yareli Arizmendi ... Lila Rodriguez
Todd Babcock ... Nick
Maria Beck ... Officer Sanchez
Yeniffer Behrens ... Suzy
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Chris
Cassidy Paige Bringas Cassidy Paige Bringas ... Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo Pilar Camporredondo ... Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
Elpidia Carrillo ... Cata
Larry Carroll ... Newscaster
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Storyline

A thick fog surrounds California's borders, communication beyond state lines is cut off, and the Mexicans disappear: workers, spouses, and business owners are missing. Cars are abandoned in the street, food is left cooking on the stove. We meet the wife of a musician who's gone, a state Senator whose maid doesn't show up for work, and a farm owner whose produce is ripe and unpicked. A scientist asks any Mexicans who haven't disappeared to volunteer for genetic experiments: a female newscaster and the daughter of the musician may be the only missing links around. Why them? And where have all the Mexicans gone? Even the border guards grieve. The state and its economy grind to a halt. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzien bez Meksykanów See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$628,807, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$4,179,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,057,021
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scenes on the empty San Diego streets were shot on 1 January, when there are few people about, because the production was unable to pay for closing them. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when Mary Jo sits up in bed, the covers fall to her lap. In the next shot the covers are still up at her chest. See more »

Quotes

Lila Rodriguez: In the face of so many emergency calls reporting missing persons in the state of California, every explanation needs to be considered, from
[an unmanned tractor comes into frame in the background, heading towards Lila]
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes accompany the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Christmas Show (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

California Dreaming
By John Phillips & Michelle Phillips (as Michelle Gilliam)
© Universal/MCA Music Publishing, a division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Annette Moreno (Pop), Sergio Arau (Mariachi)
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Dumb white people can't survive without Mexicans.
20 February 2004 | by fiveninenineSee all my reviews

That's what this movie is trying to yell into your ear. Now let me just say that I'm white and so maybe my view on this movie is a little one sided. But damn, this was one of the most racist films I've seen in a while. The film it self is very one sided and tries to push its agenda without showing any other side. I'm sure its suppose to be a comedy but I wasn't laughing. To me it was more irritating than anything else. Every once in a while these little "facts" would flash upon the screen. Some seemed to be very wrong...but of course I don't have all the facts. I'm sure some people will find this movie funny or whatever. But I found it to be very rediculous even in the realm of fantasy.


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