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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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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 ...
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Tito Larriva ...
Oscar
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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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$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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Jimmy: Now these other ones here, these are OTMs. Other than Mexicans. They're Chinese Indians.
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Written and Performed by Neil Diamond
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. and Neil Diamond
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A dynamic comedy
12 January 2004 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

I heard about this movie recently, and last night I finally got to see it. I'm glad I did! There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, including scenes with Javier and scenes when Rudy has to deal with the boarder patrol. The romance with the woman from El Salvador was actually tolerable (I generally do not like romance in movies), plus it didn't take up too much of the time. As the movie goes on the audience sees Rudy is a man with a good heart, yet I sensed no sappieness. Another aspect of "Born in East L.A." is that it can make people think about the struggles and poverty that happens just over our boarder; this serious issue is presented in a comedy though, so it's easier to take and people don't have to put their guard up for preachy morals while they're looking for a good laugh. Yes, the movie isn't very deep, but it certainly doesn't have to be. I would recomend "Born in East L.A." to anyone. I definitely have to see it again.


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