Apocalypto

Apocalypto

2006 film by Mel Gibson
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Apocalypto

Apocalypto () is a 2006 American epic historical adventure film produced, co-written, and directed by Mel Gibson. The film features a cast of Native American and Indigenous Mexican actors consisting of Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo, Mayra Sérbulo, Dalia Hernández, Ian Uriel, Gerardo Taracena, Rodolfo Palacios, Bernardo Ruiz Juarez, Ammel Rodrigo Mendoza, Ricardo Diaz Mendoza, and Israel Contreras. All of the ethnic tribes and peoples depicted in the film were Maya, as Gibson wanted to depict the Maya city built for the story as an "unknown world" to the character. Similar to Gibson's earlier film The Passion of the Christ, all dialogue is in a modern approximation of the ancient language of the setting. Here, the Indigenous Yucatec Maya language is spoken with subtitles, which sometimes refer to the language as Mayan. This was the last film Gibson directed until 2016's Hacksaw Ridge ten years later.

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  • December 8, 2006 (2006-12-08)
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138 minutes
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$120.7 million

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[first lines] title card: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." W. Durant
  • While filming a 170-ft. waterfall for Jaguar Paw's jump scene, a real cow that was trying to cross upstream went over the falls. It emerged at the bottom alive and dazed, banging along rocks near the bank. Mel Gibson and crew were certain the cow was done for. After a local man swam into the river and calmed the cow, it climbed up on bank and began eating grass as if nothing had happened.
  • As a teenager, Mel Gibson was once called "almost" by an older boy, a deep insult. That inspired the line in which a headhunter calls Jaguar Paw "almost."
  • Waldo, from "Where's Waldo?", appears in a single frame at 01:31:34, lying on the pile of dead bodies.
  • Because of heavy rains in Mexico, the released date moved from August 4, 2006 to December 8, 2006.
  • Jaguars generally do not kill humans, though there have been a few cases. The method of attack is portrayed accurately. Other big cats asphyxiate their prey with a bite to the throat; jaguars kill with a penetrating bite to the brain.

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