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Sicario (2015)

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An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Writer:

Taylor Sheridan
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 151 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Blunt ... Kate Macer
Benicio Del Toro ... Alejandro
Josh Brolin ... Matt Graver
Victor Garber ... Dave Jennings
Jon Bernthal ... Ted
Daniel Kaluuya ... Reggie Wayne
Jeffrey Donovan ... Steve Forsing
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Rafael (as Raoul Trujillo)
Julio Cesar Cedillo ... Fausto Alarcon
Hank Rogerson ... Phil Coopers
Bernardo Saracino ... Manuel Diaz
Maximiliano Hernández ... Silvio (as Maximiliano Hernandez)
Kevin Wiggins ... Burnett
Edgar Arreola ... Guillermo
Kim Larrichio ... Silvio's Wife

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When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team. Written by Gusde

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The border is just another line to cross.


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Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Kate and Matt take off from Luke AFB in Glendale, Arizona, the runway is labeled "35." However, the actual runway at Luke is labeled "03" (North East) or "21" (South West). See more »

Goofs

In the final scene where Alejandro forces Kate to sign the paper, he drops the magazine and disassembles the slide of the pistol from the frame. On Glock firearms in order to do this, the magazine must first be removed, then the chamber cleared by cycling the slide and resetting the trigger. The trigger must then be pulled to drop the firing pin. After this is done two hands must be used, one hand to pull the slide back slightly and the other to pull the take down lever in front of the trigger guard (with two fingers) while pushing the slide assembly forward and off the frame. In order to get this shot the slide was already partially removed in order to get the swift and cool dis-assembly motion as shown. See more »

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Title Card: The word Sicario comes from the zealots of Jerusalem, killers who hunted the Romans who invaded their homeland. In Mexico, Sicario means hitman.
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References Traffic (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Cowboy's Duty
Written by Aron Leigh, Phil Barton & Mike Ulvila
Performed by Aron Leigh
Courtesy of Watsky Music, LLC
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Sicario
14 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

Sicario was first released back in 2015. I just watched it for the first time last week...and I really have no excuse other than I'm an idiot. I knew I'd like it, I'd heard nothing but amazing things, and five minutes into the movie I completely regretted not watching it sooner. Sicario is, hands down, one of the best action/thrillers of the decade. Director Denis Villeneuve manages to create so much suspense and intensity throughout 120 minutes that at times it's almost unbearable. Needless to say, my fingernails did not survive this movie. The plot itself is fairly basic - the FBI teams up with some shady people to fight a brutal Mexican drug cartel. Emily Blunt plays the young FBI agent recruited into the fight, and for most of the movie the audience is just as confused and suspicious as she is. It delivers plenty of wonderful "what the hell?" moments, as you never really get a sense of anyone's true motivations until the end. The performances are universally terrific and the dialogue is sharp, but the main reason the movie works so masterfully is Villeneuve. With the help of some striking cinematography and a brilliant score, he gives us one of the most surprising, tense, and atmospheric thrillers in the history of the genre. If you've never seen Sicario, please don't make my mistake and see it ASAP.


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Country:

USA | Mexico | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$401,288, 20 September 2015

Gross USA:

$46,889,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,872,444
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Color | Black and White (surveillance footage)

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2.39 : 1
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