MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,293 this week

Zoot Suit (1981)

 -  Drama | Musical  -  January 1982 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 731 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 2 critic

A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 562 titles
created 23 Dec 2012
 
PhD
a list of 44 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 79 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 101 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Zoot Suit" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Zoot Suit (1981)

Zoot Suit (1981) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Zoot Suit.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

American Me (1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Director: Edward James Olmos
Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Stuck with the name "Dickie Dreadnought," Rix feels he has no choice but to pursue a career as a boxer. To mollify his uncle, Rix pretends to be the soul of religiosity, while his ... See full summary »

Director: George Pollock
Stars: Brian Rix, William Hartnell, Leo Franklyn
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death.

Director: Gordon Parry
Stars: Diana Dors, George Baker, Terence Morgan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In Los Angeles during the holiday season. David (David Guy Levy), a painter, and Enci (Lili Bordán), a Hungarian nanny, meet in a bookstore when he catches her shoplifting on his ... See full summary »

Director: David Guy Levy
Stars: Lili Bordán, David Guy Levy, Iván Kamarás
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: John Payne, Lee J. Cobb, Mona Freeman
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Tom Bower, James Gammon, Edward James Olmos
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him, and... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Joyce Mackenzie, Stanley Clements, Hurd Hatfield
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A London Soho nightclub is the focus for an undercover investigation into the murder of a small-time crook.

Director: John Harlow
Stars: Dermot Walsh, Jacqueline Hill, Ballard Berkeley
Gunfighters (1947)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gunfighter "Brazos" Kane lays aside his guns "forever" when he is forced to shoot his best friend, and decides to join another friend, Bob Tyrell, as a cowhand on the Inskip ranch. Upon ... See full summary »

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, Dorothy Hart
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Susan Miller works behind the girdle counter in a department store and dreams about the beautiful clothes and glamour she can never hope to have. Enter May Worthington and Warren, a pair of... See full summary »

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar
Mister 880 (1950)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Skipper is a charming old man loved by all his neighbors. What they don't know is that he is also Mr. 880, an amateurish counterfeiter who has amazingly managed to elude the Secret ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Edmund Gwenn, Dorothy McGuire
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Valdez ...
Henry Reyna
...
El Pachuco
...
George Shearer
...
Alice Bloomfield
...
Judge F.W. Charles
Abel Franco ...
Enrique
...
Joey / Jose Torres
...
Lupe (as Alma Rosa Martínez)
...
Press (as Frank McCarthy)
...
Dolores
...
Lieutenant Edwards
Robert Phalen ...
District Attorney
...
Rudy
Rose Portillo ...
Della
...
Smiley / Ismael Torres
Edit

Storyline

A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped almost to the ankle.... the rebellious fashion of young men) had on the morals and attitudes of the people of that era. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicanos Story  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Marco Rodríguez, who plays Smiley, played El Pachuco in the original 1978 stage production of "Zoot Suit" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

El Pachuco: The idea of the original chuco is to look like a diamond, to look sharp, hip, bonaroo, finding a style of urban survival in the rural skirts and outskirts of the brown metropolis of Los, Cabron.
Press: It's an afront to good taste!
El Pachuco: Like the Mexicans, Filipinos and blacks who wear them?
Press: Yes!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1940's Universal logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Marijuana Boogie
Performed by Edward James Olmos and the Zoot Suiterettes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent
27 July 2013 | by (Southwest US) – See all my reviews

Musicals made into movies are usually boring but this movie is very interesting and artistic flare. When this movie came out in the early 80's there was a buzz generated and I begin to see the language introduce back into mainstream. I watched the movie recently and every detail of the movie was made with quality and attention. The historical roots, the culture, the dual persona of the Chicano experience. Edward James Olmos gave a great performance and really captures the essence of the character. He could have portrayed any American subculture with his acting skills I believe, and the fact he is still a viable actor. He seems to be really memorable in his parts as a Mexican-American patriarch-Mr. Escalente in Stand and Deliver, Selena's dad in Selena, Mr. Vega in George Lopez, Montoya in American Me, etc. I highly recommend this movie and Mr. Olmos performance especially.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Zoot Suit Music!! martinfi
'Pachuco Suave' gabi80789
Watching it right now... MayaMacabre
Is the movie word for wor from the play? gscollard-1
Discuss Zoot Suit (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?