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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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How the other half lives, 5 April 2014
Author: msroz from United States

Half of Mexicans live in poverty, by the tally of their government. It's probably higher as compared with American standards. To go north illegally and work picking crops is a way to make more money for some than what they can make in Mexico.

"Alambrista" is an engrossing drama depicting the experiences of one such illegal, Roberto (Domingo Albriz), as he heads north carrying nothing but himself and the shirt on his back.

Obstacles pop up all the way. "La Migra" (the immigration police) are at work making sweeps of fields being picked, night clubs, roads, borders and wherever else they think illegals might be mixing in. Life can be turned upside down for an illegal at any time.

Roberto is befriended by some and taken advantage of by others. It's quite an adventure. He doesn't speak English and that can give him away. One of his friends teaches him how to act like a gringo so he won't stick out too much. The work is absolutely back-breaking.

You will feel like you are one of the 1% after seeing this movie, but it is not designed that way. It's not a sentimental tale, by and large. It's more realistic.

It's a good movie.

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