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Born in East L.A. (1987)

R | | Comedy | 21 August 1987 (USA)
When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
McCalister (as Jan Michael Vincent)
Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero ...
Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala ...
Rudy's Niece
David Perez ...
Rudy's Nephew
Neith Hunter ...
Larry Blackmon ...
Slick Dude
Tito Larriva ...
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Immigration Aide (as Geoff Rivas)
Miguel Delgado ...


Rudy is an American of Mexican descent who is caught up in an immigration raid on a factory. Deported to Mexico as an undocumented immigrant, he has no way of proving that he is in fact an American citizen, and is forced to rely on his cunning to sneak his way back home. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un pícaro de Los Ángeles  »

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$17,355,263 (USA)

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According to Tommy Chong's book "Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography", Cheech Marin offered him a cameo in the film. Chong says he turned it down because he was upset that Marin was doing a film on his own. See more »


When Rudy is working as a tattoo artist, four "bullet hole" tattoos suddenly appear on his client's forehead near the end of the scene. See more »


Altar Boy: Hey man! You want any used lottery tickets? Lotteria? Hey man I like you, you can have em. Nah man, they went to Fresno! Fresno!
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References Death Valley Days: Tribute to the Dog (1964) See more »


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8 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Much better than i expected. I first saw this film on one of those boring rainy days where you end up sitting in front of the TV channel surfing. i stopped while this was on. needless to say, i watched the whole thing and totally enjoyed it.

it's very funny at times, and the plot is hilarious! some of the comedy is slapstick and some of it isn't...but it's all good. give it a rent and you won't be disappointed. i just picked up the DVD for 9.99 and i'm glad i did.

yeahhhhhhhhhhh yeah yeah!

(sorry, i need ten lines before i could post a comment)

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