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El Norte -- Mayan Indian peasants flee north to the USA after their village is destroyed by the Guatemalan army
El Norte -- Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.

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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:
Deeply moving film--highly recommended 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:
Jorge Moreno's final film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The plane that taxis up to the airport building is a DC-10, but the plane seen lifting off towards Chicago is a 747.See more »
Quotes:
Jorge:Rosa... it doesn't matter!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Intro by Nava to Journal (2009) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Adagio for StringsSee more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Deeply moving film--highly recommended, 5 December 2003
Author: enddust from Rockville MD

I saw El Norte (The North) some years ago when my then girlfriend (whose father was from Mexico) rented the video and made me watch it. I'm glad she did. It covers the very basic quest story of a brother and a sister who flee Guatemala (where the indigenous population was being exterminated) through Mexico to try and find a new life in the US. Along the way they encounter all the setbacks you would imagine, including a few you don't expect. This is a serious and dramatic film that is also not afraid to find the humor that can still occur in the midst of deep struggle.

I understand that this movie was made on a shoestring and at times it shows. But the story and the acting more than carry the day. Its creative team (Gregory Nava and his wife Anna Thomas) are also responsible for the movies Selena and Mi Familia (among others), both excellent films. I think that the real history of most people living on the earth, who live ordinary lives and struggle against sometimes oppressive forces outside their control, has largely gone unwritten. In its own small way, this movie begins to make up the deficit.

Excellent--highly recommended

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