Synopsis: In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family.
Director(s): Mel Gibson
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

"A great civilization is not conquererd from without

until it has destroyed itself from within" W. Durant

The heart....

...for Smoke Frog

Thank you.

This liver for Curl Nose.

Thank you.

Cocoa Leaf...

..the ears.

Thank you.

And for you Blunted..

..the balls.

Not this again!

Im helping you.

Then you eat them!

I don't need them. Neither do the rest of the fellows.

Do you fellows?


Of course not!


What do you think?


No, no!

But how many times does it take?

I have eight older sisters and one brother.

Father took tapir balls all ten times.

Shall i tell him?

I'm sorry. The balls are useless.

You never had them?

Couldn't tell you what they taste like.

None of you?

No, but it's been fun watching you...

This was your idea!

Get him off me!

Calm down!

Why do you let them

treat you like this?

Be strong.

Where is your pride?

It all works..... Yes?


...I just can't make children.

There is something i will tell you...

..but i warn you, it's very powerful.

What do you speak of?

The soanzo leaf.

The soazno leaf?

From the great marshes in the south...

This is what gave me my ten children.

No! No! Wait...

You have to rub them on...down there.

Just before your next try.

Apply it generously.

I don't know how to thank you.

If this works...maybe she'll stop bothering me.

Your wife?

No, her mother.

The old hag wants grandchildren.

Give me some meat.

Here, work on this...

...pure meat...

...ball breath.

What do you want?

What do you want?

I am Flint Sky. I have hunted this forest

from the day I came of age.

My father hunted this forest

with me and before me.

Jaguar Paw, my son.

He hunts this forest with me

He will hunt it with his

son after I am gone.

A good catch?

Good waters here.

The forest give much here.

We ask only to pass through.


Keep safe as you pass.

Let's go.

Our lands were ravaged!

We seek a new beginning.

Your lands were ravaged?


We seek a new beginning...

Be still!

My son!

Be still.

Back to the village.

I ask you not to speak of what you saw in the forest today.

You are troubled.

Yes, I am.

Those people in the forest, what did you see on them?

I do not understand.


Deep rotting fear.

They were infected by it.

Did you see?

Fear is a sickness.

It will crawl into the soul, of anyone who engages it.

It has tainted your peace already.

I did not raise you to see you live with fear.

Strike it from your heart.

Do not bring it into our village.

At first light we will

gather with the elders...

...at the sacred hill of our fathers.

There we will call on their spirits to guide us.

Oh here he is!

The big lump!

He's useless.

He can't do it!

You! Yes you!

With your height and your girth! You have deceived us.

Get inside!

Damn you! Get in there!

Old woman, please!

Move it!

You don't work!

What are you laughing about?

Give me a grandchild or I will have you replaced.

Mother, that's enough.

Do not come out until you make a child!

Two would be better!


Twins you oaf!


Can you go away? He says he can't with you sitting there.

Just get busy.


She's gone.

Mother, what do you say we should have at the feast tonight?

I have tapir...but I also found this boy.

I say boy.


The tapir smells better, I think it's more fresh.

No Dad! No! It's me! It's me!

I'll just hang the boy here in case we change our minds.


That's our Turtles Run. That's our eldest.

Yes it's me. It's your eldest!

In that case, a crush for my eldest...

...and a crush for my youngest.

Tapir it is.

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Mel Gibson

Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series. Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York. He moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old, and studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. During the 1980s, he founded Icon Entertainment, a production company which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called "an alternative to the studio system". Director Peter Weir cast him as one of the leads in the critically acclaimed World War I drama Gallipoli (1981), which earned Gibson a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute, as well as a reputation as a serious, versatile actor. Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the epic historical drama film Braveheart (1995), for which he won the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Director, along with the Academy Award for Best Picture. He later directed and produced the financially successful, and controversial, biblical drama film The Passion of the Christ (2004). He received further critical notice for his directorial work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto (2006), which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century. After several legal issues and controversial statements leaked to the public, Gibson held a 10-year hiatus from directing, before returning with the critically acclaimed Hacksaw Ridge (2016), which won two Academy Awards and was nominated for another four, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson, his second nomination in the category. more…

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