A Man Apart

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A Man Apart
Theatrical release poster
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Produced by
Written by
Music by Anne Dudley
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Edited by
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • April 4, 2003 (2003-04-04)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $36 million[1]
Box office $44,350,926[1]

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.


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

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



Box office[edit]

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 reception[edit]

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]

Home video[edit]

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[4] 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.[5] 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. 
  4. ^ "Blizzard sues over Diablo name". Geek.com. 2001-03-02. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  5. ^ 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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