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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
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Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala ...
Rudy's Niece
David Perez ...
Rudy's Nephew
Neith Hunter ...
Marcie
Larry Blackmon ...
Slick Dude
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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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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Trivia

Rudy's hat translates to "No beer No work". See more »

Goofs

When Border Patrol Agents arrest someone and deport them back to their country of origin, they just don't put them on a bus and send them directly back to the border. They have to follow a procedure, in which the illegal immigrant get sent to the Border Patrol station and they get processed. Which includes confirming Identity, finger printing, background checks, and taking photos. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: The president of the United States is Ronald "dickhead" Reagan!
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Connections

References Death Valley Days: Tribute to the Dog (1964) See more »

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Summertime Blues
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Written by Jerry Capehart and Eddie Cochran
Performed by Cheech Marin
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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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