Cartel Land

Synopsis: A physician in Michoacán, Mexico leads a citizen uprising against the drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico's drug wars from entering U.S. territory.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Matthew Heineman
Production: The Orchard
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 35 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


There's an

imaginary line out there

Between right and wrong.

Good and evil.

I believe

what I'm doing is good.

And I believe what I'm

standing up against is evil.

It's the cartels, they are the

ones terrorizing their own country

And now they're starting

to do it over here.


on the us border with mexico.

with a porous border

cartel violence is spreading.

warning visitors to beware

of heavily armed drug smugglers

And human traffickers.

ranchers finding

drug stashes on their property.

Calling the border patrol,

sometimes getting help sometimes not.

this area has been

ceded to the cartels.

This is no longer really the United States.

They own it.

the situation's getting so bad

That border patrol agents

are completely overwhelmed.

concerned citizens

are arming themselves,

Trekking into dangerous

cartel territory.

we're out here alone,

The situation becomes

more violent everyday

And it concerns us

not just for our safety,

But for the future

of this nation.


right around the fucking corner

And there's the staging area

a fucking mile away.

They're gonna have...

If they come through,

They're gonna have

to walk right by us.

Stick hard fucking left.

Stay close to the brush.

If anything fucking happens,

they will have no problem fighting it out.

We're so close to the fucking

border right now.

They have more guns,

they have more people.

It's kind of like a david

and goliath story out here.

We're david and they're goliath.

That's where the dirt bags are

sitting up top, right up there.

That's where we're gonna go.

Roger that.



The cartel scouts

keep getting away.

Damn it!

They have a beautiful

set up here.

They just have to sit right here

And they can see the road

for miles and miles and miles.

Mexican cartels control this.

Technically we're vigilantes

Upholding the law

where there is no law.

But the phrase vigilante,

It's been given a bad name

by the media.

they are heavily armed and

claim to be protecting our state

From foreign threats

and from our own government.

But the state's growing

militia movement

Is causing concern

among law enforcement


Back in the day

vigilante wasn't a bad thing.

Say the bandits was

riding into your town,

The town's people would all get together

and, you know, defend their town.

Now when people hear that phrase

they think of a vigilante

As somebody who's got white

sheets over their head

And they're gonna hang

fucking people from trees.

It's bullshit.

This is what I consider

to be the wild wild west.

There is nothing down here,

there's no mall.

I'm supposed to be able

to pick up my telephone

And go, "911 come help us."

But it's an hour

and a half out of tucson.

What the f*ck am I going to do

sitting around for an hour and a half

If I'm being attacked

by the cartels?

People scream out,

you know, "oh, your racists.

Oh, you're vigilante,"

and la la la.

Bring your asses down here.

I'll take you out

on a nickel tour

In the middle

of the fricking night,

And you tell me that

it's safe and secure.

Those fuckers over there,

the cartels,

They don't care about anybody.

thanks to a new report

By the southern

poverty law center,

We know that anti-government

patriot groups are now

At an all time high

in this country.

We need to pay attention

to this folks.


So the southern

poverty law center

Has just labeled us

an extremist hate group.

But we're just regular

people who're standing up

And saying, "enough's enough,

we're sick and fricking tired."

Something needs to be done.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)


The writer of this screenplay is unknown. more…

All Unknown scripts | Unknown Scripts

FAVORITE (1 fan)

Submitted on August 05, 2018


Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss this Cartel Land script with the community:


Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


"Cartel Land" STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 20 Sep. 2020. <>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

The Studio:

ScreenWriting Tool

Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.