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Mexican movie gets some exposure

Julián Pérez, México's most notorious leader of organized crime, must embark on a mission given to him by the only authority he respects... his mother. Joined by a colorful band of infamous criminals, Pérez must go to Iraq and bring back his brother -- a U.S. soldier missing in action.

And even though this seems like a real-life scenario, it is simply the drama behind the Mexican film, 'Salvando al Soldado Pérez' (Saving Private Pérez).

Actor Miguel Rodarte -- who has a long and success career in Mexican film and television -- plays the role of Julián Pérez.

"So Julián has the task to form this commando to go rescue his brother," said Rodarte during a telephone interview.

"The movie is a comedy full of action, which mainly tackles very important values like family redemption, the calling of the blood, the quest for a mother's forgiveness, and that is the main motivation for this character to follow through with the adventure."

The film is director by Beto Gómez and it includes actors like Jaime Camil, Adal Ramones, Joaquín Cosio, Gerardo Taracena, Carmelo Benavides, among others, and is a Pantelión production.

The movie was film over 8 weeks in the Coahuila dessert, México City, Los Ángeles and Turkey.

'Salvando al Soldado Pérez' was released in México in March and it was released in the U.S. this week -- with English subtitles.

Rodarte could not hide his excitement for this exposure.

"We are so happy -- the production team, the actors, and the rest of the movie participants -- that a Mexican movie is finally being released for the United State's Hispanic market. For us, it is a great accomplishment and a sense of pride and motivation that a foreign movie like this one is being presented in such a large and important market in the United States," said Rodarte, 40.

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