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Director:
Writers:
Gregory Nava (story)
Anna Thomas (writer)
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Release Date:
27 January 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The magical film that reveals the world between the dream and the reality
Plot:
Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than "brazos fuertes" ("strong arms"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An important portrayal of immigrant life See more (45 total) »

Cast

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Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Arturo

David Villalpando ... Enrique
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Rosa
Alicia del Lago ... Lupe

Mike Gomez ... Informer
Jose Martin Ruano ... Foreman
Stella Quan ... Josefita
Heraclio Zepeda ... Pedro (as Eraclio Zapeda)
Emilio Gomez Ozuna ... Luis
Daniel Lemus Valenzuela ... Encarnacion
Rodrigo Puebla ... El Puma the Soldier
Yosahandi Navarrete Quan ... Josefita's Daughter
Rodolfo De Alexandre ... Ramon
Emilio Del Haro ... Truck Driver
Jorge Moreno ... Old Man on Bus
Palomo Garcia ... Coyote at Bus Station
Ismael Gamez ... Jeering Slumdweller
Silverio Lujan ... Jeering Slumdweller
Socorro Velazquez ... Jeering Slumdweller

John Martin ... Border Guard Ed

Ronald G. Joseph ... Border Guard Joel (as Ron Joseph)
Abel Franco ... Raimundo
Rosario Cevellos ... Fruit Vendor

Trinidad Silva ... Monte

Lupe Ontiveros ... Nacha
Young Chung ... Mr. Chung
Gregory Enton ... Len the Restaurateur

Tony Plana ... Carlos the Bus Boy
Slavitza Yhuelo ... Model in Sweatshop
Julie Silliman ... Model in Sweatshop

Enrique Castillo ... Jorge the Dishwasher

Momo Yashima ... English Teacher
Jomarie Ward ... Helen Rogers (as Jo Marie Ward)
Loraine Shields ... Girl Who Orders Coffee

Larry Cedar ... Bruce the Waiter

Sheryl Bernstein ... Karen the Hostess

Diane Cary ... Alice Harper (as Diane Civita)
Eulalia Cardenas ... Curandera
Jules Segal ... INS Officer
Perry Page ... INS Officer
Mary Armantrout ... Nurse

George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Doctor Murphy

Bo Kane ... Lab Technician (as Bob Kane)
Pablo Velasquez ... Foreman at Construction Site
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergi Dagliana ... Olinto (uncredited)
Giuseppe Furia ... Requiem (uncredited)
Pado Hende ... Dilvo (uncredited)

Sean O'Kane ... Immigration Officer (uncredited)
Antonio Prester ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Sabina Vannucchi ... Rosa (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Nava 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gregory Nava  story
Anna Thomas  writer

Produced by
Trevor Black .... producer
Bertha Navarro .... producer
Anna Thomas .... producer
 
Original Music by
The Folkloristas 
Malecio Martinez 
Linda O'Brien 
Emil Richards 
 
Cinematography by
James Glennon 
 
Film Editing by
Betsy Blankett Milicevic  (as Betsy Blankett)
 
Casting by
Bob Morones 
 
Costume Design by
Hilary Wright 
 
Production Management
Trevor Black .... production manager: USA
Amanda Gill .... production manager: USA
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amanda Gill .... second assistant director
Tony Ogaz .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
David Wasco .... set designer
David Wasco .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Gregg Barbanell .... supervising sound editor
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
Arnold Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor
David Kern .... sound effects editor
Michael C. Moore .... sound designer
Michael C. Moore .... sound recordist
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Robert Yerington .... sound recordist
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Glennon .... first assistant camera: USA
James Glennon .... second assistant camera: Mexico
Chris Lombardi .... second assistant camera
Gregory Nava .... additional photographer: USA
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator: principal photography (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The North" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
141 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1995.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rosa dies, Enrique cries and hugs her with his head on her chest. A closeup shows Rosa's hand on her stomach. The next, longer shot shows her hand is at the top of her thigh.See more »
Quotes:
Jorge:Rosa... it doesn't matter!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Life Itself (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tierra MestizaSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An important portrayal of immigrant life, 8 October 1999
Author: Alan One (jeffo@infomagic.com) from Flagstaff, Arizona

I first saw this movie in 1989 or so and, being in high school and rather naive at the time, was blown away by unromantic portrayal of the lives of two Guatemalan refugees living as illegal immigrants in California. I still find it a moving film.

Siblings Arturo and Rosa flee their mountain village after their father is killed and trek across Mexico with dreams of living in the United States -- "El Norte." The story is sprinkled with humor, but the overall theme is tragedy. The political overtones are forceful as well; the course of one's life depends more on where one was born than how resourceful one is. This idea is explored in the contrast between the situations faced by the refugees and those of Americans they encounter. Arturo's struggle to find work is perilous, and demands huge sacrifices.

Thankfully, the movie doesn't portray its subject simplistically. There are several sympathetic American characters and some unsympathetic non-Americans. However, the film is ultimately critical of America, simply because Americans have so much and give so little of it to their closest neighbours. More than that, Americans are woefully unaware of the circumstances that many of those living within their country face. El Norte is an important film because it has the ability to change this.

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