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A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN
aka UN DIA SIN MEXICANOS
USA: Televisa Cine
Cast: Caroline Aaron, Melinda R Allen, Fernando Arau, Maureen Flannigan, Eduardo Palomo, Muse Watson, Yareli Arizmendi, John Getz, Tony Abatemarco, Frankie Jay Allison, Todd Babcock, Maria Beck, Yennifer Behrens, Arell Blanton, Cassidy Paige Bringas, Brian Brophy, Elpidia Carrillo, Larry Carroll, Suzette Craft, Suzanne Friedline, Jonathan Fuller, Luis Garcia, Joaquin Garrido, Carlos Gomez, Will Greenberg, Raul A. Hinojosa, Sabrina Howard, Charles Kahlenberg, Baron Kelly, Shishir Kurup, Karen Ve Londa, Cyndi Martino, Dori Mizrahi, Bru Muller, Rick Najera, Steven Nevius, Christian Parizeau, Ryan Quintana, Salli Saffioti, Mary Beth Scherr, Leon Singer, Jason Stuart, Jossie Thacker, Sylvia Thompson, Dawn Westlake, Michael White, Gwendoline Yeo, Ogie Zulueta, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Cassidy Paige Bringas, Maria Camporrendondo Neely
Director: Sergio Arau
Countries: USA / Mexico / Spain
USA: 100 mins
USA Rated: R for language and brief sexuality
USA Release Date: 14 May 2004 (Limited Release)
One morning California wakes up to find that one third of its population has disappeared. A thick fog surrounds the State and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. As the day goes by we discover that the characteristic that links the 14 million disappeared is their Hispanic background.
California is in shock. The economic, political and social implications of this disaster threaten the Golden State's way of life. We delve into the lives of four characters: Mary Jo Quintana (Maureen Flannigan), teacher and housewife; Senator Abercrombie (John Getz), suddenly upgraded to Governor; Louis Mcclaire (Muse Watson), ranch owner and agribusiness representative; and Lila Rodriguez (Yareli Arizmendi), reporter and apparently the only Latina left behind. For all of them, "the disappearance" forces the cracks in their private lives wide open.
Experts pose questions and offer theories: Could this be a UFO kidnapping? Biological terrorism? The Apocalypse and Latinos are the chosen ones? Or perhaps they just left because they were tired of being taken for granted.