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Thieves and Liars

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Thieves and Liars follows the story of three different families affected by the giant underground illegal economy that emerged and continues to grow since Puerto Rico became the main port of entry for cocaine into the U. S. east coast. Wanda is a single mother who refuses to give in to a corrupt government official running the airport where she operates a small hangar. Isabel, the divorced mother of a troubled teenager who begins to use drugs, is forced to seek the help of her irresponsible ex-husband. Miguel is a young man who unwittingly gets involved in drug business, in spite of his grandmother's best efforts. Together, the three stories represent the struggle of all Puerto Ricans to survive the ever-rising wave of corruption and crime that has infiltrated every level of Puerto Rican society.


Studio Warnervision
SKU 207388609
UPC 883929014439
UPC 14 00883929014439
Format DVD
Release Date 4/22/2008
Rating Rating
Name Bauer,Steven
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Cast & Crew
Ellen Gordon, et. al. - Producer
Elpidia Carrillo - Actor
Jaime Costas - Cinematographer
Jose Heredia - Actor
Magda Rivera - Actor
Martin Singer - Editor
Monica Monserrate - Production Designer
Poli Marichal - Writer
Ricardo Mendez Matta - Writer
Ricardo Mendez Matta - Director
Steven Bauer - Actor
ReviewSource Variety
Review Novelistic detail of life in modern Puerto Rico is both the challenge and the reward of "Thieves and Liars," which manages to cram in just about every evil visited upon the island in the name of drugs. Pic is strong as an ensemble piece and a "Traffic"-like how-they-done-it...Oscar (Steven Bauer) seems like a fairly good guy until, in avenging wrongs done to his buddy (Cesar Farrait), he turns twice as bad as the drug boss he displaces...Subtly crafted saga interweaves tales of several families into a tapestry of trouble caused by Puerto Rico's growing role as a major transit point in moving narcotics from Latin America to the States...Pic underlines the level of corruption entrenched in island life since drug money came in.Throughout all the turmoil, rigged court cases, and bloody deaths, the kilos of coke keep getting shipped to America...DV-to-35mm transfer is good, although tube-like lighting sometimes gives things a soapy look. Although pic builds to emotional finish involving all the main players, script is matter-of-fact about what took everyone to this point, which is subtly underscored by the spare, piquant music.
Reviewer Ken Eisner
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Bauer,Steven
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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The Nation ...a gritty look at Puerto Rico high on drugs: Think Syriana meets The Sopranos meets Traffic, La Charca and Les Miserables...
The Stranger ...a heavy film with a hard-hitting message delivered by strong characters.

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