El Cortez

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Released 2006

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El Cortez

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Director:
Stephen Purvis
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
After Manny (Lou Diamond Phillips) is released from jail, where he was serving a five-year sentence, he travels back to his hometown in search of a job. The fact that Manny is autistic complicates the hunt but he finally lands a job at the front desk of the Hotel El Cortez. But things don't stay quiet for long. Manny soon finds himself involved in a tangled web involving a police officer, a gold prospector, a drug dealer and the drug dealer's money-hungry girlfriend.

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  • 60

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    An ambitious, low-budget neo-noir, Stephen Purvis' El Cortez navigates the genre's tawdry twists and crosses and double-crosses with intermittent flair.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Perhaps in an effort to root the film in the genre, the dialogue reaches for a particular hard-boiled register but grasps only clichés. El Cortez, like so many before it, searches...

  • 30

    The New York Times Anita Gates

    The script, by Chris Haddock, leaves numerous questions unanswered. It also reflects the character depth and conversational complexity of a 14-year-old's first effort at fiction.

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