Born in East L.A. (1987)

R  |   |  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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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 <>

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This time Cheech is not just on the wrong side of the law. He's on the wrong side of the line. See more »




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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Standard procedure for Customs agents at the Border for someone without ID would be ask for Social Security number and Mother's maiden name. However this changed in 2009 when the government started requiring American citizens to have a passport to cross back and forth from Mexico. See more »


Immigration officer: What do we got here? Looks like a bean in a beanbag.
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My fave movie with Cheech Marin!
22 February 2000 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Excellent Movie! Cheech is sent to a factory full of illegal immigrants to pick up his cousin "Javier". When he gets there, a pile of cops come in a arrest the immigrants. They think cheech is one of them, and they send him to mexico. If he had only took his wallet with him, he wouldn't have been sent down south. I read all the reviews and most people didn't like this film, but i think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread! The best part of the movie is when he tells the prison guard, Phil,says "Rudy, you still owe me $100!" Cheech says "Yeah, Heres one of them, F**K YOU!" (I wish IMDb allowed curse words!) This gets a 7/10. It's worth your money!

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