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Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)

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An American government hitman on the run, makes a pact with two travellers to help him disappear into the Mexican jungle.

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Robert James Waller (novel), Richard Alfieri (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Clayton Price
Craig Wasson ... Danny Pastor
Giovanna Zacarías ... Maria de la Luz Santos
Harvey Keitel ... Walter McGrane
Jonathan Brandis ... Neil Weatherford
Miguel Sandoval ... Captain Rivera
Héctor Soberón ... Rivera's Aide
Julian Bucio Julian Bucio ... Comandante
Vikki Carr ... Restaurant Singer
Patrick David ... Young Biker
Brett Wagner ... Bearded Biker
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... Victor
Gabriel Pingarrón Gabriel Pingarrón ... Sgt. Reyes
Javier Escobar Javier Escobar ... Heavy Federale
Arturo Vázquez Arturo Vázquez ... Federale
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An American government hitman on the run, makes a pact with two travellers to help him disappear into the Mexican jungle.

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Catching An Assassin In Mexico Can Be Murder. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Puerto Vallarta See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color (CFI)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Glenn played Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), but was replaced by Harvey Keitel in Red Dragon (2002). See more »

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Short before dumping the police car in the woods but after the argument on the side of the road, the crew is reflected in the car driven by Danny. See more »

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References Dick Tracy (1937) See more »

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Mi Alegria
Music by Juan Jimenez
Lyrics by José Gaytan
Performed by Mariachi Estrellas De Mexico
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17 August 2014 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Based on the novel by the name, the thriller Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, was a story that never should have happened. No matter how good a film may be, I can not get into it when there is a huge and obvious plot hole. The film wasn't terrible, but it could have been so much better if they had just eliminated the obvious! Scott Glenn stars as a CIA hit-man, who after executing his target, kills a potential witness, someone he shouldn't have killed. Following orders, his team leaves him stranded in the small Mexican city of Puerto Vallarta. The hit-man needs to get back to the states and decides to pays a couple to take him on a ride to the boarder, never informing them that the Mexican authorities, as well as the CIA, are chasing him. What doesn't make sense to me, is if this guy is such a big time hit-man, and he's on the run, why not just steal the car? It really wasn't necessary to drag this couple into it, when all they did was slow him down. This could have been a terrific action thriller, instead it was full of this non-sense, involving this random couple. Scott Glenn stars, and he's one of these guys whose name you don't recognized, but who has had minor roles in huge films for decades. Even I didn't realize until I looked him, but Glenn was in The Silence of The Lambs and The Hunt For Red October. He was very good, but the problem was that it wasn't believable. He wasn't injured, he didn't know these people, and there was no reason for him to take them along. They hindered his getaway and just destroyed the story. Also worth noting is that this was the last film to feature teen heartthrob, Jonathan Brandis, who killed himself in 2003. I've always liked Brandis, as he had a major role in one of my favorite TV shows, Seaquest DSV. He didn't get much work as an adult, which is considered to be one of the major reasons behind his suicide, but it was interesting to see one of his few adult roles. He didn't play a very interesting character, but only ever knowing him as a teen, I really wanted to see what he had become before the tragedy. Puerto Villarta Squeeze had a great back story, but it wasn't the focus of the film. The hit-man's interaction with this bizarre couple was, and it just ruined the whole thing.


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