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The Dead Sleep Easy (2007)

A Mexican wrestler entangled with the mob seeks revenge after a group of Mexican migrants are massacred in a human smuggling ring.


Lee Demarbre


Ian Driscoll


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Plot unknown.

Directors: Jonathan Wright, Jeff Renfroe


Credited cast:
Vampiro ... The Champ
Ana Sidel Ana Sidel ... Maya
Martin Kove ... Bob Depugh
Phil Caracas Phil Caracas ... Carlito
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Aguilera ... El Tezca
Dave Courtney Dave Courtney ... Tlaloc
Luke Hawx ... Fighter 1 (as Oren Hawxhurst)
Aaron Katz Aaron Katz ... Minuteman #1
Alejandro Lora Alejandro Lora ... Huey (as Alex Lora)
Joey Munoz Joey Munoz ... Bar Bouncer
Talia Russo ... Bunny


Everyone just calls him The Champ - because that's what he was, once. Twenty years ago, he crossed the border the wrong way, a young gringo with stars in his eyes. He became a star of the Lucha Libre - Mexican wrestling - but he lost control for a moment. Broke a guy's neck. And the guy just happened to be the nephew of the local mob boss. The Champ has spent most of the last two decades paying for that mistake, working for the mob. He's done it all: enforcement, collections, assassinations, and underground bare knuckle fights where people bet on men like roosters. What he hasn't done, he's seen. He thought nothing could shock him. He thought wrong. The mob is deep in the pollero (human smuggling) business. About a million Mexicans cross the border into the States every year. The polleros charge $1200 a head or more to get them there. You do the math. It's a big enough business that the mob has partnered with a bloodthirsty splinter group of the Minutemen. The mob sends The Champ to ... Written by Ian Driscoll

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When you're this far South, sometimes it's better to be dead than alive.


Action | Drama | Western



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Mexico | Canada


English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Smash Cut (2009) See more »

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A truly epic accomplishment in independent film.
24 February 2008 | by zawertSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at one of its first Ottawa showings and was astounded by what a small crew of Canadians could pull off on a shoestring budget with one month in Mexico! The movie was solidly written, and many of the actors, though not being big names or having a lot of experience under their belt, still pulled of an amazing performance. I really appreciated the use of black and white in this movie for flashbacks and thought the moment of sudden saturation was quite a brilliant device. The diversity of shot and styles was impressive and immense ranging from many cool still stylish shots, to gritty camera shake for more intense scenes, which i found really put you into the situation and added some more drama to the movie as a whole. Overall this is one my new favorite Indy flicks, and i would recommend it to anyone into movies about bad-ass dudes, brutal fight scenes and smoking hot babes down in Mexico.

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