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La Línea on the big screen

Our little town has popped up in more feature films and documentaries than you might expect…

El Niño (2014)

“El Niño” is the story of a young man from La Línea who – you guessed it – gets sucked into the world of drug trafficking. Great film for spotting places you know along the coast, all the way from Algeciras to Sotogrande.

La Línea: Shadow of Narco (2020)

The infamous documentary series available on Netflix about how awful La Línea is. This series caused outcry among locals who are sick and tired of the media’s constant depictions of La Línea as a lawless town built on crime – even sometimes calling it “little Medellín”.

La Roca (2011)

Directed by Raul Santos (from Algeciras), La Roca is often described as ‘the love story between La Línea and Gibraltar’. You can watch the documentary in full here, with bilingual subtitles.

The Running Man (1963)

Not to be confused with the 1987 dystopian action film of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. While this film’s pace and plot are not exactly gripping by today’s standards, it’s a good insight into what San Roque, Algeciras, La Línea, and Gibraltar looked like back in the 60s.

Me, Myself and Mum (2013)

Original title: Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! Another production not well-received by Linenses, this French comedy refers to La Línea as “the ugliest town in Spain” and jokes that there’s only one family here that doesn’t take drugs. People were so offended, in fact, that the producer sent a letter of apology to our local Ayuntamiento.


Did we miss one?

Let us know if you’ve spotted La Línea de la Concepción in any films, TV, books, games… And we’ll include it here!


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