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David Johann in El Cortez

El Cortez

2006 R

Just out of prison for the criminally insane, Manny (Lou Diamond Phillips) returns to Reno where he takes a job as a clerk at the Hotel El Cortez. There, he finds trouble fast when he gets caught in the intersecting schemes of a crippled prospector, a rich gambler, a ruthless cop and a heroin dealer. Throw in the dealer's femme fatale girlfriend, Theda (Tracy Middendorf), and you've got a recipe for noir in this atmospheric indie thriller.