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Born in East L.A. (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  21 August 1987 (USA)
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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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Javier
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Jimmy
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Dolores
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McCalister (as Jan Michael Vincent)
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Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero ...
Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala ...
Rudy's Niece
David Perez ...
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Neith Hunter ...
Marcie
Larry Blackmon ...
Slick Dude
Tito Larriva ...
Oscar
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Immigration Aide (as Geoff Rivas)
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Lester
Miguel Delgado ...
Jose
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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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21 August 1987 (USA)  »

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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 »

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When Rudy is following the girl in the green dress as he pulls away in the pink car you can see the crew in the passenger's window See more »

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Immigration officer: Where were you born?
Rudy: What?
Immigration officer: Read my lips, El Paco. Where were you born?
Rudy: I was born in East L.A., man.
Immigration officer: Sure, sure. If you were born in East L.A., then who's the president of the United States?
Rudy: I-I don't know, that guy, that guy who was on T.V., the guy in the cowboy hat... he used to be on "Death Valley Days"... uh, John Wayne!
Immigration officer: Get him out of here.
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Purple Haze
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Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Cheech Marin
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Being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
22 December 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Cheech Marin is a great talent. In his film, "Born in East L.A.", he clearly shows a man that has a good understanding about the issues at the heart of this entertaining movie. For some years now he has been by himself as his partnership with Tommy Chong ended.

Mr. Marin makes an important point in the film. Rudy, his main character, is a man born and raised in East L.A., as the title indicates, yet, he is deported to a country he probably has never been to. His roots are American, yet being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, trying to do a favor to his cousin, he is hauled to a detention center for illegal aliens and deported to Mexico.

Of course, the arrest and his deportation serves as the basis of a clever comedy that is easy on the eyes and have us laughing throughout the many funny situations Mr. Marin has created for himself and his crew. Daniel Stern is good as Jimmy, the man that exploits Rudy. Paul Rodriguez has some good moments as the newly arrived guy that keeps thinking the messages he hears in Rudy's answering service come from the Jesus image behind it. The lovely Kamala Lopez is easy on one's eyes, and the great Lupe Ontiveros plays Rudy's mom.

"Born in East L.A." is a funny movie with a message.


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