READY... AIM... RUN!
BRAD PITT, JULIA ROBERTS AND JAMES GANDOLFINI STAR IN THE NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE OF "THE MEXICAN," AIRING SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 ON ABC
The retrieval of The Mexican, a priceless antique pistol, is literally a matter life and death for Jerry Welbach (Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt) when the quirky action/adventure film, "The Mexican," makes its network television premiere SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week," which also stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and five-time Emmy Award winner James Gandolfini, will air in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio.
Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is given two ultimatums -- whatever he chooses to do will change his life forever. The first ultimatum is given to him by his mob boss, to travel to Mexico on a mission to retrieve an antique pistol or... face the consequences. The second is given by Samantha (Julia Roberts), Jerry's girlfriend, to terminate his association with the mob or... face the consequences. Either way he loses, so Jerry sets off for Mexico -- weighing his life heavier than a livid girlfriend -- to recover the pistol which is said to carry a mysterious curse.
Starring in "The Mexican" are Brad Pitt ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Troy") as Jerry Welbach, Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich," "Oceans 11") as Samantha Barzel and James Gandolfini (TV series "The Sopranos," "Surviving Christmas") as Winston Baldry.
"The Mexican" was directed by Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "The Ring"). Writing credits are given to J.H. Wyman (TV series "Harry Green & Eugene," "Keen Eddie"). The film was produced by Dream Works SKG, Newmarket Capital Group LLC, Art in Motion, and is distributed by Dream Works, GAGA Communications and Humax Pictures Inc.
"THE MEXICAN" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "The Mexican" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround and also in Spanish.
This program carries a TV-14,L,V parental guideline.