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American Me (1992)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  13 March 1992 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
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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 year 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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,086,430 (USA)
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In the prison parts of the movie, Olmos managed to get on screen real-life gang members from the Bloods and Crips, Aryan Brotherhood, Nazi Lowriders, Hell's Angels, 18th Street, White Fence, La Colonia de Watts, Dogtown, East Side Clover and the infamous Black Guerilla Family. 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 laying in just a t-shirt on his bed and in the next scene after hes caught on fire he's wearing his long sleeve button up. See more »

Quotes

J.D.: If we show weakness now, homes, everybody's gonna see it not just the mayates and wops as La Nuestra Familia as well. They're just waiting to make their fucking move. This way we can do it clean. Do what Scagnelli did, form them shoot out.
Montoya Santana: To who?
J.D.: Aryan Brotherhood. They hate the mayates, mayates hate them and don't be a fucking thing. The AB gives the blacks message then we won't have to risk anything.
Montoya Santana: We're spending all over time dealing with the Italians and now the Black Gorilla Family, ese...
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Tierra Bravia
Written by José Alfredo Jiménez (as Jose Alfredo Jiminez)
Performed by Mariachi Soul de Mexico
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Great film
21 November 2000 | by (la) – See all my reviews

This is really a great film, better than its counterpart "Blood In, Blood Out." Olmos does a fine directorial job and acts well, except might have been a little miscast in the part, being that he's supposed to be a young man in his 20s in parts of the film. Outside of that, it's a great movie, violent and disturbing in parts, but thoroughly entertaining. Supposedly the Mexican Mafia wasn't pleased with its portrayal in the film.


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