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Books and movies about Puerto Vallarta

By Paco Morás

September 15, 2021

We want to talk to you about books. You know, the kind of books we can read while we lie on the beach or by the pool to enjoy the sun, sip a refresher and entertain our brain. But it is not about just any book. On this occasion we have picked four books with two very special characteristics. The first one is that they have appeared on the big screen. That is, that they have been turned into movies. The second one is that Puerto Vallarta has been the set to shoot these movies. Essentially, we will talk about books and movies about Puerto Vallarta.


Although Vallarta has been the set of countless films (beginning by The Night of the Iguana, of which everybody has written tirelessly), not all of them are adaptaions from novels. This is then the criterion we are going to follow this time.

Without further ado, here we go:


The Dark Fields


– by Irish writer Alan Glynn. It was published in 2001 and re-released in 2001 under the name of Limitless. The book tells about a writer-wannabe who starts using a drug named MDT-48. The drug allows him to process huge amounts of information and increase his intellectual, creative and learning abilities. As the plot goes, the main character is making a lot of money but also finds out about the side effects the drug produces.

Neil Burger directed the film and Bradley Cooper had the star role. Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita were stages of the film. It was a big commercial success!

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Puerto Vallarta Squeeze


– published in 1995 and written by Robert James Waller. He is also the author of “The Bridges of Madison County”. The novel tells us the adventures of a former American navy officer who mysteriously hires another American and his Mexican girlfriend to guide him through the Pacific jungle. he, you find out, has just murdered a Navy officer right on Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon.

Harvey Keitel, Scott Glenn and Mexican actress Giovanna Zacarías star in the film version of 2014.

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The Domino Principle


– the 1975 noir novel by Adam Kennedy. A man convicted by the murder of his wife’s first husband receives the opportunity to cut his sentence short. The catch is, it is in exchange for a mission he doesn’t know about. When he accepts and learns what the mission is, he refuses to carry it out. here is when the true action begins.

The film shows scenes of downtown Puerto Vallarta in the 1970’s. Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen and Mickey Rooney appear in the lead roles.

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– a novella by Jim Harrison (1979). It narrates the relationship of an American ex-Marine who comes to Mexico to visit a mobster friend of his. But, of course, he gets romantically involved with his wife. Then the wealthy and powerful cheated husband learns about their relationship. He decides to take revenge against both of them.

The film version has Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe in the leading roles. It features scenes in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City, among other locations.

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