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A Man Apart is a 2003 American vigilante action film directed by F. Gary Gray and released by New Line Cinema. The film stars Vin Diesel and Larenz Tate. The story follows undercover DEA agent Sean Vetter who is on a vendetta to take down a mysterious drug lord named Diablo after his wife is murdered. The film was released in the United States on April 4, 2003.

A Man Apart
Theatrical release poster
Directed byF. Gary Gray
Produced by
Written by
Music byAnne Dudley
CinematographyJack N. Green
Edited by
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • April 4, 2003 (2003-04-04)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$36 million[1]
Box office$44,350,926[1]


Sean Vetter (Vin Diesel) and Demetrius (Larenz Tate) Hicks, who are former criminals, are members of the U.S. DEA working on the California/Mexico border. After tracking him for seven years they arrest a drug baron named Memo Lucero. But then a new drug baron, the mysterious "Diablo", starts to take over Lucero's drug pipeline and territory, and to send a warning message to the DEA. Diablo organizes the assassination of Vetter. The assassination is botched and Vetter survives, but his wife, Stacy, is killed in the crossfire.

Looking for revenge, Vetter acts outside the law to punish his wife's murderers. To accomplish that, he asks Lucero, who is now in prison, for help finding Diablo. After Lucero's wife and son are also assassinated by Diablo he agrees to help Vetter. In return he asks for help in being transferred to another prison. Later when Lucero is being transferred he manages to escape. With Hicks' help, Vetter hunts every member of the cartel from the bottom to the top of the organization's hierarchy and finds that Lucero is linked to the recent activities.

Vetter gets help from Lucero to find Diablo and later finds out that he killed Lucero's right hand man, who was posing as Diablo. Sometime later, Vetter finds Lucero hiding out in a small town in Colombia. Lucero tells Vetter that it was his arrogance got Stacy killed, just like him coming to "kill" Lucero. Vetter pulls out the handcuffs and repeats to Lucero what Lucero had said to him when they first met in prison, "If I wanted you dead. You would be." The movie ends there with undercover Police and DEA agents taking Lucero back into custody. The viewer is left with the impression that Lucero is Diablo and that he ordered the hit of his own family and Sean (to escape prison).



Box officeEdit

After a prolonged delay, A Man Apart was finally released April 4, 2003 in 2,459 theaters and grossed $11,019,224 on its opening weekend, ranking #3 at the box office. As of July 10, 2003, the film has a domestic box office gross of $26,736,098 and a foreign gross of $17,614,828, giving it a worldwide total of $44,350,926.

Critical receptionEdit

The film was panned by critics. On the film review website Rotten Tomatoes it currently holds an 11% "Rotten" with the general consensus being "Action and drama elements don't mix well in this cliched actioner".[2] The film holds an average score of 36 out of 100 based on 32 reviews on another film review aggregator site, Metacritic.[3]

About the movie's reception and failure, Director F. Gary Gray simply said: "I didn’t finish that movie. The last five minutes were directed by somebody else because I was off doing The Italian Job. That was a really rough experience".[4]

Home videoEdit

A Man Apart was released on DVD on September 2, 2003 as a 'barebones' release, containing no special features except deleted scenes and trailers. It was criticized for its poor video transfer. The film was later released on Blu-ray Disc on August 14, 2012.


The film's original title "Diablo" was the subject of a lawsuit[5] by the video game company Blizzard Entertainment in 2001 when the developer/publisher filed against New Line Cinema, claiming trademark infringement on the name Diablo (a title used by Blizzard for a franchise of role-playing video games). A court initially ruled in favor of Blizzard, but the decision was reversed on appeal.[6] Ultimately, New Line changed the film's name. However, another movie with the same name, starring Scott Eastwood, was eventually released in 2015.


  1. "The Messenjah (Tweaker Remix)" - P.O.D
  2. "Straight Out of Line" - Godsmack
  3. "Right Now" - Korn
  4. "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad" - Bootsy Collins
  5. "Touch" - Seal
  6. "Descarga Total" - Maraca
  7. "Double Drums" - Peter Kruder
  8. "6 Underground" - Sneaker Pimps
  9. "But I Feel Good" - Groove Armada
  10. "King for a Day" - Jamiroquai
  11. "Buena" - Mark Sandman
  12. "My Own Prison" - Creed
  13. "Rover Take Over" - Lords of Acid
  14. "Gone!" - The Cure
  15. "Broken Home" - Papa Roach
  16. "Nothing To Lose" - Buddy Klein


  1. ^ a b "A Man Apart (2003) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ "A Man Apart (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ "Man Apart, A reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
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  5. ^ "Blizzard sues over Diablo name". 2001-03-02. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  6. ^ Patrizio, Andy (2003-08-27). "A Man Apart Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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