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From Mexico with Love (2009)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 262 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama
  • Release Date: 11 February 2010 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
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From Mexico with Love (2009)


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  • IMDb page: From Mexico with Love (2009)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 262 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama
  • Release Date: 11 February 2010 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
  • Filming Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • Budget: $3,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $548,775(USA)(3 January 2009)
  • Director: Jimmy Nickerson
  • Stars: Angélica Aragón, Steven Bauer and Kuno Becker
  • Original Music By: John Frizzell   
  • Plot Keyword: Boxing

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Glen Hartford  writer
  • Nicholas Siapkaris  writer

Known Trivia

    Plot: A washed-up trainer takes a self-destructive young boxer under his wing.  »

    Story: A washed-up trainer takes a self-destructive young boxer under his wing.


    Synopsis: HECTOR VILLA, physically tough, but emotionally self-destructive, is one of the millions of illegal migrant workers vying for a new life in the U.S., and will do everything he can to rise above picking fruit in the dirt. Hector dreams of being a boxer, like his father before him, but finds he has to fight just to survive the grim reality of living on a Texas Ranch. During the day Hector works long hours under the scorching sun. But at night, he trades his work gloves for boxing gloves, fighting in the surrounding bars and converted barns, where a five dollar entrance fee and a few rounds in a makeshift ring can score the winner more than a days pay in the sweltering fields.

    But when his mother ROSA becomes ill, Hector’s forced to take as many fights as he can to pay for her expensive heart medicine. He takes on all comers and starts to win big, becoming a local hero to his migrant co-workers, but only one man says who can and can’t fight in this town. BIG AL STEVENS owns the Ranch, the land, and everything on it, including the local boxing arena where his son ROBERT reigns as the undefeated champ, and Big Al plans to keep it that way. He’s not going to let one of his pickers take the shine off his son’s rising star. Hector is severely beaten by Big Als men and dumped in the Mexican desert. He wakes up homeless and penniless, and is forced to live on the desperate streets of Mexico, fighting in any venue he can for food and lodging. And when he hears of his mother’s death, only the fierce hunger of facing Robert in the ring keeps him alive. Things take a turn for Hector when his finds BILLY JENKS, the grizzled, down and out ex-boxer that trained Robert. Billy dumped Robert after learning that he was on the juice, but refuses to help Hector in his impossible quest to beat Robert. A fight he knows Hector can’t win. Billy thinks Hector’s good, but not good enough, and besides, Big Al would never agree to such a fight. But Billy is surprised to learn that Big Al has changed his mind, through the "persuasive" help of Hector’s migrant picker friends. Billy begins to train Hector, teaching him that it will take more than anger to go up against Big Al and challenge Robert’s dominance in the ring. Fight Night becomes a battlefield of heart wrenching emotions. A bloody clash of love, honor and loyalty, powerfully envisioned by fight coordinator turned director, Jimmy Nickerson (Rocky, Rocky II, Raging Bull, Fight Club).


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Paul Baker known as associate producer
    • Cord Douglas known as co-producer
    • Delitha Floyd known as associate producer
    • Glen Hartford known as producer
    • Kenneth Hartford known as executive producer (as Kenneth Herts)
    • Jady Herrmann known as associate producer
    • James Lloyd known as associate producer
    • James Lloyd known as co-executive producer
    • Daniel Morabito known as associate producer
    • Joseph Michael Roth known as associate producer (as Joe Roth)
    • Bart Slanaker known as associate producer
    • Daniel Toll known as producer
    • Matthew Wellman known as associate producer
    • Vikram Zutshi known as associate producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Angélica Aragón
    • Steven Bauer known as Tito
    • Kuno Becker known as Hector
    • Steve Bilich known as Patrolman Pete
    • Carl Ciarfalio known as Jake
    • Anthony Cristo known as Hector's Sparring Partner
    • Eddy Donno known as Ring announcer
    • Tony Donno known as Robert's Sparring Partner
    • Daniella Dotti known as Hostess (as Charlane Meyer)
    • Richard Dyer known as Travis
    • Diana Edwards known as Inez
    • Danay Garcia known as Maria
    • Glen Hartford known as Lefty
    • Lu Johnson known as Ringside Orthopedic Doctor
    • Henry Kingi
    • Michael Klesic known as The Accountant
    • Stephen Lang known as Big Al Stevens
    • Gene LeBell
    • Robert E. Martinez known as Migrant Worker
    • Bruce McGill known as Billy
    • J.E. Meris known as Migrant Worker
    • Alex Nesic known as Robert Stevens
    • Juan Gabriel Pareja known as Chucho
    • Fred Parker Jr. known as Jakes' Lackey
    • Kourtney Pogue known as Ring Girl
    • Monica Ramon known as Hector s friend
    • Amanda Rivas known as Lupe
    • Lazaro Solares known as Manager Wrestler
    • Lisa Suarez known as Lucia
    • Brandon Turpin known as Ollie
    • Araceli Vasquez known as Migrant Woman
    • Ron Yuan known as Joe Scar (cameo)
    • Jesse Wilde known as Texas Gambler (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Jennifer Greenberg known as makeup artist
    • Tracey Henton known as key makeup artist: Los Angeles
    • Sherilyn Segal known as assistant makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Carlos La Rotta known as swing set dresser
    • Kimberly Merlin known as set decorating assistant
    • Darren Minke known as on-set dresser
    • Richard Sieloff known as property master
    • Nicole Zepeda known as on-set dresser




    Production Companies:

    • From Mexico With Love
    • BDS Productions
    • Cinamour Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
    • National Bank of California  film financing
    • Pierce Law Group  production legal services
    • Runway  post-production
    • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr


    • Roadside Attractions (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Adam Avitabile known as digital compositor
    • Chad Buehler known as digital compositor
    • Manuela Schmidt de Souza known as CG artist
    • Sk Nguyen known as visual effects coordinator
    • Son Kim Nguyen known as visual effects coordinator
    • Migs Rustia known as visual effects editor
    • Paul Stemmer known as visual effects editor

    Release Date:

    • USA 15 March 2009 (San Diego Latino Film Festival)
    • USA 9 October 2009 (limited)
    • Kuwait 11 February 2010

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sports violence, language, brief sensuality and drug references



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. gpschweitzer from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:33 pm

      I was recently invited to a sneak preview of "From Mexico With Love",produced by Cinamour Entertainment, directed by Jimmy Nickerson. I waspleasantly surprised by a touching story of Latin immigrants and theirstruggle to survive. I felt Hector, portrayed by Kuno Becker, played aconvincing role of a young man determined to make a difference for hispeople. The magic of Bruce McGill is evident in his performance ofBilly, the trainer. There were some humorous scenes, where his stylecame through and showcased some of his musical ability. Thecinematography was awesome, and the special effects brought it alltogether.

      A must see heart-warming movie!

    2. gabitha13 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:33 pm

      This movie is dedicated to my father who passed away in 2006. So iguess you could say that i have a bias opinion but i do not careEveryone should go and see this movie. It has a great message behind itand the cast is awesome! I can tell you this with 100 percent certaintybecause i have already seen it and i fell instantly in love. It followsa story that we often hear so much about, an illegal immigrant justtrying to do an honest job and help take care of his family. Thestarring role of Hector is played by the star of Goal the dream beginsand if anyone has seen that you know the pure skill that this actor hasinside of him and the passion that he brings to the screen. I don'tknow how long that i have been waiting for this movie to be releasedbut it is definitely about time and i cant wait to go and see it. Itshould be released in early 2009 do make sure to go and check it out.

    3. movielover017 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:33 pm

      I recently had the pleasure of attending a screening of "From MexicoWith Love." No compromises here. The film takes the hot button topic ofillegal immigration and skillfully blends it with a multiplicity ofhuman emotions to create an all around fulfilling story.

      "From Mexico With Love" is without a doubt one of the better-cast filmsof late. There are no weak links. Each and every character addssomething significant to the story and each and every actor isoutstanding. Kudos must go to a great ensemble cast. Kuno Beckerdeserves the attention he has received from such respected mediacritics as Roger Ebert, who said of Kuno Becker's performance in "Goal!The Dream Begins" – 'Kuno has not only star quality but something morerare, likability. He makes us want his character to succeed.' Icouldn't agree more. Steven Bauer, one of my long-time favorite actors,is back in top form and his acting in the movie is reminiscent of hisaward winning performances in "Traffic" and "Scarface." It is nice towatch a film that relies on story instead of outrageous specialeffects. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy the summer Hollywood blockbusters,as much as the next guy, but at the end of the day it is refreshing towatch a film with a meaningful story. "From Mexico With Love" is a filmthat shows we don't need to go offshore to find an independent filmwith heart and a meaningful story.

      Oh yeah, and the fight sequences were the best I have ever seen. Thefilmmakers used a new device that allowed the fighter's punches toliterally come through the screen. It was awesome.

    4. mickeyjcowboy from Albuquerque, United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:33 pm

      I loved this movie. It is a classic story, but I loved it. Usually youhave to suspend reality a little bit for every movie, but this oneseemed as real as a documentary. I grew up in south Texas ranchculture, and I felt like I was reliving my childhood. Everything in themovie is perfect, and believable. I never heard of either of the mainactors, but I wish them great careers and many blessings. I seldomwatch a movie twice, but I could see this one again. Makes me want tohead for Laredo. It makes me sad that so often Hollywood downplaysspirituality nowadays, or distorts it, but the spirituality of theMexican workers is both inspiring and accurate. I also love that themovie is clean. I can recommend this movie to anyone without beingembarrassed. I try to see a movie a week, and this is one of the toptwo for me this year. Now I want to check out Kuno Becker's other work.Usually, a movie makes you like the good guys and hate the bad guys,but I felt compassion for both sides. The movie-maker doesn'tcondescend to us by making one side evil.

    5. arthurwmorgan from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:33 pm

      Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to watch the unreleased versionof From Mexico With Love. .. .and yes, I LOVED IT !!! It had a story totell, emotions to be felt, and most of all, a way of thinking aboutlife and the way we treat others, to walk away with. It's more than aexciting boxing movie, it's more than a love story, it's more thanabout immigration reform … IT's all of the above! I can't wait to seethis movie on the BIG SCREEN!! It is a GRAMMY hit !!!! I know bothMexico and American audience will love this movie. Anyone who hasimmigrated from one country to another will understand the meaningbehind the story in the movie. And anyone who has a heart, will have abigger heart, after watching this movie. What more can I say, but itwill be part of my movie collection.

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