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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

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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 ...
Rudy's Nephew
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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Storyline

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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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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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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The theatrically-released and home video versions cut the entire ending short (about 15 to 20 minutes of footage). In this version, the appearance of the priest standing behind Rudy and Dolores in the last shot of the film is never explained. However, censored versions of the film, such as the version shown on Comedy Central, have the entire ending intact in order to fill out the film's length, which was shortened by cutting other scenes that were not suitable for regular television. See more »

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When Rudy is getting people into the bar, you can see him talking but most of the words don't match his lips. See more »

Quotes

Immigration officer: I don't know where you learned to speak English so good, Rudy Roo or Loopty Loo, or whatever your name is!
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Referenced in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) See more »

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Purple Haze
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Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Cheech Marin
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One of the greatest opening credits in film history.
20 November 2001 | by (SoCal) – See all my reviews

Only three memorable things about this movie: Neith Hunter in a painted on dress that comes down no further than a bathing suit, in four inch spike heels, walking across some city streets. And then standing over Cheech as he comes out from under her car. Oh, my god. Jan Michael Vincent, no longer The Worldest Greatest Athlete. Now perfectly cast as a puffy, dim-witted, horrifying example of the wastes of alcohol. The theme song's not bad.


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