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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21 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un pícaro de Los Ángeles  »

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$17,355,263 (USA)

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The sign outside of Bradshawe Auto where Rudy works says, "In East L.A. Where every car is a foreign car." See more »


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 »


Feo: Fuck me? No. Fuck you!
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Summertime Blues
Written by Jerry Capehart and Eddie Cochran
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I think this movie was great the second time around.
10 May 2005 | by (Port Richey, Florida USA) – See all my reviews

Rudy, a Mexican-American, born in the United States is deported to Mexico by mistake. He tries to get back, but is repeatedly caught and sent back into Mexico. Cheech Marin showed some excellent acting in this movie. He's a kind-hearted person who helps out some folks in bad situations, like the mother of three who he gives the oranges to, and the wife of a man who can't afford to pay a coyote to bring her into the United States. He is ready to leave and gives up his spot on the transport to but this lady on, even after he had worked to get money to return. It was a love story...a painful thing to watch at times and funny at the same time. Just picture yourself being sent to a country that you don't know, even if your parents came from there. He was lost I'm his parent's birth place. I had seen it before, but the second time around made the picture better. Very human movie.

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