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American Me (1992)

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

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Pedro Santana
Vira Montes ...
Esperanza Santana
Roberto Martín Márquez ...
Acha (as Robert Martin Marquez)
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Yolanda
Joe Aubel ...
Tattoo Artist
Rob Garrett ...
Zoot Riot Bystander
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Young Sailor
Cody Glenn ...
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Police Officer
Panchito Gómez ...
Young Montoya Santana (as Panchito Gomez)
Albert Joe Medina Jr. ...
Street Mechanic
Alex Solís ...
Street Mechanic (as Alex Solis)
Raymond Amezquita ...
Abuelito
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Young JD
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Young Mundo
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Storyline

This epic depiction of thirty years of Chicano gang life in Los Angeles focuses on a teen named Santana who, with his friends Mundo and the Caucasian-but-acting-Hispanic J.D., form their own gang and are soon arrested for a break-in. Santana gets into trouble again and goes straight from reform school to prison, spending eighteen years there, and becoming leader of a powerful gang, both inside and outside the prison, while there. When he is finally released, he tries to make sense of the violence in his life, in a world much changed from when last he was in it. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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In prison they are the law. On the streets they are the power.


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Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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13 March 1992 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,086,430 (USA)
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Trivia

The characters of Santana (Olmos), J.D. (Forsythe) and Mundo (Serna) are based on real-life Mexican Mafia leaders Rudy "Cheyenne" Cadena, Joe "Pegleg" Morgan and Roberto "Robot" Salas. See more »

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When the Mexican inmates are walking up with the mop and bucket to assassinate the African-American inmate, it shows the African-American inmate lying in just a t-shirt on his bed. In the next scene, after he's caught on fire, he's wearing his long sleeve button up. See more »

Quotes

J.D.: It's too late for that now, homes. They're too big in Vacaville to make a move on. Now they're making a play and shit in Folsom. They gotta pay a bill, ese.
Montoya Santana: Who's carrying all the way for them?
J.D.: Dude named El Chucko Pena.
Pie Face: I know that vato. I know him real well.
Montoya Santana: Good, you get this take him.
Pie Face: I say, carnal, me and him shared the same coka many times, ese.
Montoya Santana: That's gonna make easier to get next to him, ese.
Pie Face: He used to be my crime partner. I mean that vato is a real man.
J.D.: Hey what the fuck is wrong with...
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Hot Cocoa Bang Bang (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Take You Higher
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Ike & Tina Turner
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Powerful Prison Scenes
4 February 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

American Me was the first film to paint an accurate picture of what it can like in America's prison system. Most films in this genre have a Hollywoodized portrayal of live behind bars. Olmos's tale of latino gang life in and outside of prison is right on the mark. This is a good film to show to all those would be gangbangers out there that think prison is cool.


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