21 movies

Apocalypto

December 7, 2006

Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Firewalker

November 21, 1986

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache horde of gold.

Romancing the Stone

March 30, 1984

Though she can spin wild tales of passionate romance, novelist Joan Wilder has no life of her own. Then one day adventure comes her way in the form of a mysterious package. It turns out that the parcel is the ransom she'll need to free her abducted sister, so Joan flies to South America to hand it over. But she gets on the wrong bus and winds up hopelessly stranded in the jungle.

Monsters

June 18, 2010

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures," while a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Relentless

February 6, 2018

An American mother searches for her daughter who was kidnapped by human traffickers in Central America.

The Wrath of God

July 14, 1972

Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

September 14, 2011

A story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present.

Walker

December 4, 1987

William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat.

The Fugitive

November 3, 1947

Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.

Caribe

December 24, 1987

Prepare to get tangled in the jungles of Belize when an arms smuggler loses her partner in a deadly shootout and finds herself on the run in the tropics of Central America. Helen is an amateur, making her money as an illegal arms trader to Central American terrorists. And as she runs for her life after the deal goes bad, she has no choice but to trusts Jeff, a British Intelligence Agent - it's a life and death chase, where passion and loyalty are easily confused...

Marie Galante

October 25, 1934

There is unease in a pre-WWII world. Marie is kidnapped in France by sailors looking for pleasure and taken aboard a ship on a shady mission, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a cafe in the Panama Canal zone.

Torrid Zone

May 18, 1940

A Central American plantation manager and his boss battle over a traveling showgirl.

Alguien tiene que morir

January 1, 1979

A man murders the person who killed his wife, so he flees to Central America, where he finds love again.

A minor jungle adventure in which a singer (Linnea Quigley) is held captive by whitewashed Central American natives who worship her because she looks like their idol. Or maybe it's because she also looks a little like Goldie Hawn. At any rate, she is rescued by her friends and they outleg the tribesmen and a horde of pirates to stumble across, what else, a lost treasure.

This is the story of a tiny country that made a decision to do something that no other country had ever done -- it decided to abolish its army and declare peace to the world. And this is the story of a young boy who grew up in that country, and how he ended up challenging -- and sometimes even convincing -- the greatest powers in the world to follow Costa Rica's example. "Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired" is a Don Quixote-like saga with great historical touchstones -- Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Cold War politics and Communism, Central American War and Peace. It follows a slight, academic, and most unlikely hero over the course of more than fifty years, as he travels the world in a quest to stop the spread of the weapons of war. In the end, it is a story about the triumph of reason, of the sparrow triumphing over the eagle, and how the impossible dream can sometimes come true.

When the Mountains Tremble

September 30, 1983

A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with first hand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú.

Bananas!*

October 9, 2009

Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it?

Exiled in America

November 4, 1992

A Central American revolutionary is captured and tortured by government forces. He escapes and flees to the US, hiding out in a rural area where he is sheltered by a Christian sanctuary movement. His wife gets a job at a local diner run by one of the town's shadier women, and soon a CIA assassination team shows up, looking for him.

Río Sucio

September 24, 2020

Vítor is a hermit who desperately searches for a cow that has disappeared from his small farm. He suspects a neighbor with whom he has had problems. When Ricardo, his 12-year-old grandson arrives at the place, the ghosts of Vítor's childhood begin to appear, which confuses the past with the present. Vitor finally must face this terrible ghost when he was a child.

Modern Guatemala City

August 25, 1945

This FitzPatrick Traveltalk short visits Guatemala City, touching upon its sights, customs, and history.

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