A One-Way Ticket

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Based on a real-life tragedy that occurred in 1981, this feature from the Dominican Republic tells the story of 40 men who died while trying to emigrate illegally to the US. With the Dominican Republic's economy sputtering, three friends who work together at a bakery decide the time has come to leave the country. When one tries to do so through the proper...read more

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Based on a real-life tragedy that occurred in 1981, this feature from the Dominican Republic tells the story of 40 men who died while trying to emigrate illegally to the US. With the Dominican Republic's economy sputtering, three friends who work together at a bakery decide the time has

come to leave the country. When one tries to do so through the proper channels and is refused a visa, he and his coworkers decide they have no choice but to seek the help of smugglers. After paying a substantial fee, they and some 40 others are sneaked past a squad of card-playing guards onto a

ship that is set to sail the next afternoon. As the men huddle anxiously below deck, their fate is sealed when authorities arrive to search the ship. Less than a seamless film, A ONE-WAY TICKET, the first feature film to be produced in the Dominican Republic, is unquestionably the work of a

beginning director and of a nascent national cinema. It is compelling nonetheless. It suffers from some technical deficiencies, but for the most part its camerawork is assured and its pacing appropriate, though marred slightly by some choppy editing. (In Spanish; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Based on a real-life tragedy that occurred in 1981, this feature from the Dominican Republic tells the story of 40 men who died while trying to emigrate illegally to the US. With the Dominican Republic's economy sputtering, three friends who work together… (more)

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