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The Infiltrator (2016)

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A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director:

Brad Furman

Writers:

Ellen Furman (screenplay) (as Ellen Brown Furman), Robert Mazur (based on the book on)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Robert Mazur
Leanne Best ... Bowling Alley Waitress
Daniel Mays ... Frankie
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ... Steve Cook
Niall Hayes Niall Hayes ... Scott Mazur
Lara Decaro ... Andrea Mazur
Juliet Aubrey ... Evelyn Mazur
Olympia Dukakis ... Aunt Vicky
Amy Ryan ... Bonni Tischler
John Leguizamo ... Emir Abreu
Joseph Gilgun ... Dominic
Jason Isaacs ... Mark Jackowski
Richard Katz ... Attorney
Fred Furman Fred Furman ... Federal Court Judge
Juan Cely Juan Cely ... The Informant
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Storyline

During the 1980s, U.S. Customs Service special agent Robert Mazur uses his undercover alias "Bob Musella" to become a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Later, he infiltrates the world's largest cartel, and helps expose the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar and take down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, which had secretly taken illegal ownership of First American Bank shares in Washington, D.C. He survives the deception and has a long and productive career..

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The true story of one man against the biggest drug cartel in history


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Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El infiltrado See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,303,775, 17 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,425,870, 25 September 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,805,854, 5 August 2016
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Color | Black and White | Color (archive footage)

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2.35 : 1
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In one scene, Kathy (Diane Kruger) states that Aunt Vicky (Olympia Dukakis) gives an Academy Award worthy performance. Dukakis won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Moonstruck (1987). See more »

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The film is set in 1985, there's a shot outside a Florida liquor store that has a "Lotto" sign. The Florida lottery didn't begin operations until 1988. See more »

Quotes

Robert Mazur: Roberto, I am glad you are here. But there is a part of me that wishes you hadn't taken that risk.
Roberto Alcaino: Without family or friends what kinda world it is be. There will be no reason to be alive. Hmm? It's a good day.
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Pusherman
Written & Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
(c) 1972 (Renewed) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd
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Failure to infiltrate
15 July 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

There is some excellent acting here, especially from John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger, but I found myself hoping I could "fast forward". Not only is the pace problematic, the film fails to exact the kinds of suspense that you expect from a film like this. As such, my involvement in what happens to the character s was minimal. It didn't help that the period (the 1980s) is rarely invoked, so we are kept at arms' length from the location as well as the characters. And the plethora of dialogue, and the many characters who come and go, helped seal the film's fate.

There are so many films about the drug problem in the U.S. (e.g., "Traffic", "Scarface", "Sicario", "Clear and Present Danger", "Savages", "Miami Vice", "Bad Boys") that this film doesn't stand out at all. The unique perspective of looking at an undercover operation that focuses on the money laundering situation is indeed refreshing, and the best part of the film. From that POV it is certainly worth watching. Had the direction, music, and photography been at the same quality as the acting, this would have been a truly memorable film.


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