Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)

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Bridges of Madison County scribe Robert James Waller's latest novel comes to the screen with the action thriller Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, now available in this home-video release. Starring Harvey Keitel (Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs) and Scott Glenn (Training Day, Naked City: Justice with a Bullet), Puerto Vallarta Squeeze zeroes in on rogue U.S. government hitman Clayton Price (Glenn). Price goes on the lam in Mexico after exterminating a top official from the United States military, and makes a deal with a couple of tourists who agree to help him vanish into the Mexican jungles. Soon, Walter McGrane (Keitel) is hot on Price's trail, under orders to pull him in at any cost.
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Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Scott Glenn
as Clayton Price
Harvey Keitel
as Walter McGrane
Craig Wasson
as Danny Pastor
Giovanna Zacarías
as Maria de la Luz Santos
Jonathan Brandis
as Neil Weatherford
Miguel Sandoval
as Colonel Rivera
Vikki Carr
as Singer
Brett Wagner
as Bearded Biker
Patrick David I
as Skinny Biker
Sara Bachelder
as McGrane's Wife
Roger Cudney
as Bill the Bartender
Javier Escobar
as Heavy Federale
Austin Miller
as Surfer
Veronica Muñiz
as Waitress in Zapata
Gabriel Pingarron
as Sgt. Reyes
Juan Ríos
as Ag Inspector
Héctor Soberón
as Rivera's Driver
Cesar Trujillo
as Mazatlan Desk Clerk
Germán Valverde
as Federale in Zapata
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Critic Reviews for Puerto Vallarta Squeeze

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predictably sacrifices plausibility to Hollywood conventions

Full Review… | October 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Puerto Vallarta Squeeze

Based on the novel by the name, the thriller Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, was a story that never should have happened. No matter how good a film may be, I can not get into it when there is a huge and obvious plot hole. The film wasn't terrible, but it could have been so much better if they had just eliminated the obvious! Scott Glenn stars as a CIA hitman, who after executing his target, kills a potential witness, someone he shouldn't have killed. Following orders, his team leaves him stranded in the small Mexican city of Puerto Vallarta. The hitman needs to get back to the states and decides to pays a couple to take him on a ride to the boarder, never informing them that the Mexican authorities, as well as the CIA, are chasing him. What doesn't make sense to me, is if this guy is such a big time hitman, and he's on the run, why not just steal the car? It really wasn't necessary to drag this couple into it, when all they did was slow him down. This could have been a terrific action thriller, instead it was full of this non-sense, involving this random couple. Scott Glenn stars, and he's one of these guys whose name you don't recognized, but who has had minor roles in huge films for decades. Even I didn't realize until I looked him, but Glenn was in The Silence of The Lambs and The Hunt For Red October. He was very good, but the problem was that it wasn't believable. He wasn't injured, he didn't know these people, and there was no reason for him to take them along. They hindered his getaway and just destroyed the story. Also worth noting is that this was the last film to feature teen heartthrob, Jonathan Brandis, who killed himself in 2003. I've always liked Brandis, as he had a major role in one of my favorite TV shows, Seaquest DSV. He didn't get much work as an adult, which is considered to be one of the major reasons behind his suicide, but it was interesting to see one of his few adult roles. He didn't play a very interesting character, but only ever knowing him as a teen, I really wanted to see what he had become before the tragedy. Puerto Villarta Squeeze had a great back story, but it wasn't the focus of the film. The hitman's interaction with this bizarre couple was, and it just ruined the whole thing.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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The main reason I wanted to see this was because it was one of the last films Jonathan Brandis made before his death. I didn't expect much, but it really wasn't that bad. Too slow-moving and low-budget to write a rave review, but it kept me interested and had some decent story to it. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's worth watching.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

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