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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

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Daniel Valdez ...
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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
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,356, 4 October 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,256,082
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1.85 : 1
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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

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

St. Louis Blues
(uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
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inspirational movie
12 September 2005 | by 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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