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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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January 1982 (USA)  »

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The Broadway production of "Zoot Suit" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on March 25, 1979 and ran for 41 performances. Charles Aidman, Mike Gomez, Abel Franco, Darlene Bryan, Luis Manuel, Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana, Rose Portillo, Geno Silva, Dennis Stewart, and Socorro Valdez recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. Edward James Olmos was nominated for the 1979 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "Zoot Suit" as El Pachuco and recreated his stage role in this filmed production. See more »

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El Pachuco: The Press distorted the very meaning of the word "Zoot Suit." All it is for you guys is another way to say Mexican
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The film opens with the 1940's Universal logo. See more »

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

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Performed by Edward James Olmos and the Zoot Suiterettes
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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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