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Release Date:
16 October 1977 (USA) See more »
After the birth of his first child, Roberto, a young Mexican man slips across the border into the United States. Seeking work to support his family back home, he finds that working hard is not enough. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Domingo Ambriz ... Roberto

Trinidad Silva ... Joe
Linda Gillen ... Sharon

Ned Beatty ... Anglo Coyote

Jerry Hardin ... Man in cafe
Julius Harris ... 2nd Drunk
Ludevina Mendez Salazar ... Roberto's Wife
Maria Guadalupe Chavez ... Roberto's Mother
Rafaela Cervantes de Gomez ... Midwife
Feliz Cedano ... Tomato Field Mayordomo
Edward Lopez ... Contratista
Evelyn Chieko Saito ... Strawberry Field Owner
Tom Tar ... Strawberry Field Owner
Gabriel Segura ... Strawberry Field Mayordomo
Paul Berrones ... Berto
George Smith ... Cook in Cafe
Dennis Harris ... Sharon's Brother

Edward James Olmos ... 1st Drunk (as Edward Olmos)
Mark Herder ... Cop in Cafe (as Officer Mark Herder)
Maria Elena Delgado ... Woman in Post Office
J.D. Hurt ... Revival Preacher (as Reverend J.D. Hurt)
Salvador Martinez ... Mexican Coyote
Maurice Green ... Truck Driver
R.L. Dick Rautenberg ... Junkyard Owner
Kent Rautenberg ... Junkyard Owner
Félix José Álvarez ... Junkyard Cook
John Sandoval ... Roberto's Father
Alfred Alvernaz ... Watermelon Field Crew Boss
Constantine Copulos ... Highway Patrol Officer (as Officer Constantine Copulos)
J.C. Lamont ... Border Officials (as Officer J.C. Lamont)
Thomas Coffman ... Border Officials (as Officer Thomas Coffman)
Virginia Bachicha
Armandina Ramirez
Lily Álvarez ... Pregnant Woman

Directed by
Robert M. Young 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert M. Young 

Produced by
Michael Hausman .... producer
Sandra Schulberg .... associate producer
Barbara Schultz .... executive producer
David Streit .... associate producer
Irwin Young .... producer (as Irwin W. Young)
Original Music by
Michael Martin Murphey 
Cinematography by
Tom Hurwitz 
Robert M. Young 
Film Editing by
Edward Beyer 
Norman Buckley (director's cut)
Art Direction by
Lilly Kilvert 
Production Management
Nick Athas .... post-production supervisor (director's cut)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hausman .... assistant director
Sound Department
Paul Jaeger .... re-recording
Mitch Wirth .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer
Peter Barrow .... key grip
Glenn Kershaw .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jay Dranch .... assistant editor
Other crew
Donald Wylie .... location coordinator
Sara Young .... caterer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Illegal" - USA (alternative title)
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110 min | 96 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Robert M. Young's first feature film.See more »


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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
This film is absolutely fantastic!, 26 November 2001
Author: Ocelotl from Los Angeles, California

"Alambrista" is a groundbreaking film about a man's decision to move to United States and leave everything that he has behind to start a new life in the pursuit of the American Dream. In this new land, he learns that the American Dream is not easily acquired and maybe and impossibility to attain for some, and he is forced to make some tough choices. I liked this film because the directing is great and the mis-en-scene and the characters are strikingly realistic. The message at the end of the film is one of hope that there is a brighter future, in due time, for new immigrants,

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