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Zoot Suit (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Musical  |  January 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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


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 <>

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Drama | Musical


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January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicanos Story  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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


Pachuco Suave
Performed by Edward James Olmos
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A unique film experience
24 June 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

What a strange and surreal experience this film presents. While this is supposed to be a movie, it comes off as more of a high budget play, complete with random crowd scenes and odd looking stage sets. While most films try to present the real, this film encompasses the opposite side of the spectrum, presenting a world that is completely reconstructed within a small plot of space. Entertaining and unusual, this is one of those films a person should watch for the pure visual appeal of film.

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