• El Cortez (2006)

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Release Date: September 4th, 2006

DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2007

R|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Middendorf, Bruce Weitz, James McDaniel, Glenn Plummer, Peter Onorati, Robin Adair, Joseph Griffin

Director: Stephen Purvis

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Production Co: Three-Four Prods

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Sharing its title with a historic Reno hotel that's seen better days (or maybe not), El Cortez is a clumsy lump of ponderous pulp fiction with "Cooler" aspirations. show more

  • Lou Diamond Phillips is let down by an uninspired supporting cast, including Bruce Weitz as a crippled con artist and Tracy Middendorf as the requisite femme fatale, a clichéd script, and flat direction by Stephen Purvis. show more

  • Director Stephen Purvis and writer Chris Haddock never rise above the material's inherent pulpiness, but they keep the twists coming until the very end. show more

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