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 »

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

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Drama | Musical

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R | See all certifications »
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January 1982 (USA)  »

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Chicanos Story  »

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Trivia

The character of Henry Reyna was based upon the real-life zoot-suiter Henry "Hank" Leyvas, who was tried and wrongfully convicted for first-degree murder of Jose Diaz, after an incident on 1 August 1942. The film and the play that preceded it conformed to the facts of the actual case. The appeals court overturned the earlier verdict and Reyna and his friends were set free in 1945, following the Zoot Suit Riots and the banning of zoot suits in Los Angeles (courtesy of the Los Angeles City Council) in 1944. Many futures and outcomes for Reyna were given in the film and the play. In real life, Leyvas was convicted some years later for selling drugs. He served ten years and was released, and soon opened a family restaurant. He died of a heart attack in 1971. See more »

Quotes

Henry Reyna: My worst enemy, my best friend... myself...
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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

Handball
Written by Daniel Valdez
Performed by Edward James Olmos and the Zoot Suiterettes
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inspirational movie
12 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie was a great look at Chicano culture in the 40's.. i feel that it relevant now as well... i think it's more moving if you are Chicano and have grown up in that culture...it might be hard to feel towards the characters if you have not experienced the type of racism that Chicanos go through..i myself have and maybe i am biased and see this movie very inspirational...but what can i do about it, i'm brown. i recommend this movie even if your are not Latino.. you can see what people of other races went through...experiences that were not put in the history books by white America...see what was done to Chicanos of that time.


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