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Zoot Suit (1981)

R | | Drama, Musical | January 1982 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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January 1982 (USA)  »

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Chicanos Story  »

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1.85 : 1
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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

Press: You are trying to outdo the white man in exaggerated white man's clothes.
El Pachuco: Because everyone knows that Mexicans, Filipinos and Blacks belong to the huraache . . . the straw hat and the dirty overall.
Press: You savages weren't even wearing clothes when the white man pulled you out of the jungle.
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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

Bugle Call Rag
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Written by Billy Meyers, Elmer Schoebel and Jack Pettis
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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.


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