Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright

Synopsis: The story centers on Charlie, a Los Angeles billionaire financial whiz who goes into self-imposed exile in Tijuana after his empire is revealed to have been a Ponzi scheme. While looking for the woman he abandoned there 25 years before, Charlie is pursued by a Mexican gangster, a federal agent and thugs sent by a former client looking to retrieve his money.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): R. Ellis Frazier
Production: Project One Films
94 min

(Ocean surf)

(Charlie Wright) This is

the story of failure...

of my failure...

and how all that

is good is not me.

(Woman) They're going to

take you into custody.

Given the allegations against

you, bail is highly unlikely.

(Charlie Wright) Excuse me.

They say that in the end,

life all comes down

and when we draw

our last breath,

only a few things will

have really mattered...

(Howard) I can make these

numbers work, but it...

I'm not gonna be

thrown to the dogs.

Where the hell are you going?

I'm not taking

the fall, Charlie!

(Charlie) ...and

all that is not...

fades to nothing.

(elevator bell)

You have it?

(Agent Hobbs) Maybe.

You don't have it.


Maybe not.

Lunchtime, huh?

Uh, there's a nice little

panini place there.

Get yourself something.

Don't take too long.

He's on the move.

Play him tight.

(Jimmy) Good.


How long have you been

driving for me, Benny?

Uh, it's been, uh, three

years this July, sir.

You're a good man, Benny.

I've never told you

that before, have I?

No, sir.


Well, I'm telling you now.

Thank you, sir.

Are we a go, boss?

Almost. It's coming through.

We can take him now.

It's on its way.

That's a negative. I gotta have the

warrant in my hand, Jimmy.

You hear that? It's a negative.

Stand by, boss.

What's going on, Jimmy?

What the hell is he doing?

Jimmy, what the f***'s going on?

It's all good. The driver

just checked the tire.

(Jimmy) All right.

He's moving.

Take him inside or out?

Warrant in hand. Repeat,

warrant in hand. Everybody,

take him as he comes out of the

underground and keep it clean.


F.B.I.! F.B.I.!

Show us your hands!

Show us your hands!

Show us your hands!

Freeze! Put your hands up.

Car's not clear, sir.

Sir, the car isn't-

The car is not clear, sir.

(Benny) Oh, God! Aah!


(Jimmy) He's gone, sir.

There's not much here.

Looks like he didn't take

his work home with him.

It would be something like this.


The ocean view.

Barbados, Caymans...

South Africa, maybe.

Once you had all

this, man, that's it.

It's cleansing.

He won't be able

to live without it.

Look, we, uh...

we got subpoenas ready.

Credit cards, medical records?

Credit cards we have.

Still working on medical.

And not a damn thing personal.


What a life.

(Hobbs) Charlie Wright

is charged in a

$10 billion ponzi fraud

scheme. Six weeks ago,

(Director Hill) I'm

sorry, Agent Hobbs, could

you speak up? I'm not...

hearing you clearly.

What part, sir?

The part about a 51 -year-old

banker who gets away from seven

trained federal agents in

a f***ing parking garage.

That's what part.

All right.

How much have you recovered?

F our billion from various

accounts in the Caymans.

Mr. Thompson from the

Attorney General's office

has a question for you.

(Thompson) Has the name Joseph

Letvenko shown up on your radar?

Not from my memory.

Are you familiar with the name?

I've heard it.

He was the underboss of

the Russian mafia through

the '80s and '90s. He's been

off the map for years now.

He and his longtime body guard

run a little Russian diner

downtown. We think he's

got money with Wright,

off the books money,

upwards of 100 million.

If Letvenko has money with

Wright, he's not going to wait

until we pick him up,

if you know what I mean.

So where the hell is he, Andy?

(Hobbs) He's got several

vacation homes in the Caribbean.

He's got a place off

the coast of Spain.

We believe that we are

getting close to...



Yes, sir, we think

we're getting close.

Now, that's not the answer

I'm looking for here,

so let me give you a hand.

You are gonna tell me exactly

where Charlie Wright is,

and you simply need the

resources to pick him up.

It is more complex than that.

Best and worst case scenario.

Best case, he's here in the

United States in one of the

vacation homes. He

shows up, we get him.


We estimate he's got between

$1 to 2 billion left.

He could conceivable

take that money...

and stay above the treaties.

English, Andrew, English.

In this economy, he could buy

his way out of extradition out

of any number of countries.

He could live a life of luxury,

and if he's made that choice,

we can't touch him.

Oh, no.


You're gonna touch him.

You're gonna find that money,

and you're gonna bring

Charlie Wright to me.

But most important, you're not

gonna make me look stupid.

Do you understand?

Listen, I'll stay.

No, man, you go

on your vacation.

(back slap)

I got this.

(knocking on door)

(Jorge Garza) That's him.

(Mariel Garza) Jorge.

Um, excuse me.

Wait for me outside.

What's up?

My sister's here, and

she's worried sick.

Marco didn't come

home last night.

She's been trying and trying,

but he doesn't answer.

You have to go find him.

Just-- just stay with her.


Are you okay, my love?

Yeah. Just stay with her.


(knock on door)

Come in.

(Gabriel Garza) We've got them.


The numbers.

If it's not enough...

Did you count everything?


Are we close?

Gabby, you remember

what Papa used to say...

especially after he

had a few drinks.

He used to say, Jorito...

you're not a natural-born

leader, Jorito.

You are going to destroy

everything I built.

Like that, with that

crooked finger, like this.

Jorito, you're gonna

destroy this family...

if you're not careful.

You remember that?

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