MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 56 this week

American Me (1992)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  13 March 1992 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 5,081 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 44 user | 17 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 27 Jun 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 06 Feb 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 19 Aug 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 14 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "American Me" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Me (1992)

American Me (1992) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Me.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt
Chicano Blood (Video 2008)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A former gang member is pulled back into his former violent world after a Russian gang vying for control of the local drug trade kills his wife. Taking a solemn pledge to seek vengeance for... See full summary »

Director: Damian Chapa
Stars: Damian Chapa, Sian Vilaire, Joanna Pacula
My Family (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos
Vatos Locos (Video 2011)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Chicano brothers on the streets of LA.

Director: Damian Chapa
Stars: Damian Chapa, Gabriel Tang, Ricco Chapa
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Johnny Sun and his little brother are mexican-american gangsters.

Director: Damian Chapa
Stars: John Loretto, Damian Chapa, Bougart Linares
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Kid brother Chuco (Danny De La Paz) is a sullen low-rider still caught up in the life. Despite their differences, their family bond is strong. But that bond is violently tested when rivals ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Richard Yniguez, Danny De La Paz, Marta DuBois
Mi vida loca (1993)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan
Zoot Suit (1981)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Valdez
Stars: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman
Colors (1988)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Edward James Olmos
Stars: Edward James Olmos
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Pedro Santana
Vira Montes ...
Esperanza Santana
Roberto Martín Márquez ...
Acha (as Robert Martin Marquez)
...
Yolanda
Joe Aubel ...
Tattoo Artist
Rob Garrett ...
Zoot Riot Bystander
...
Young Sailor
Cody Glenn ...
Older Sailor
...
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
...
Young JD
...
Young Mundo
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sans rémission  »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,086,430 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward James Olmos originally considered Michael Biehn for the role of JD. See more »

Goofs

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

Dornan: What I'd like to do now is to interview each of you individually. Who wants to go first?
Montoya Santana: Corky.
Dornan: Corky.
Puppet: Santana, how was the bus ride home?
Montoya Santana: Sunshine felt good.
Puppet: This is my brother, ese. They call him, Little Puppet. He's a genious, homes.
Mundo: Hey, don't get carried away.
Puppet: He does the placas in East L.A. Check it out.
[Shows a tatoo with naked babe]
Mundo: Nice tits.
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Lives in Hazard (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Take You Higher
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Ike & Tina Turner (as Ike and Tina Turner)
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Intense Disturbing and Underrated Film
24 November 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"American Me" is arguably the most significant film not discussed in the same breath with crime epics such as "The Godfather." It was clearly made, both consciously and perhaps subconsciously to be the Mexican Godfather film and that is hardly a bad thing. Its honesty regarding the emotional costs of violence and murder are on par with that film. I don't know what to say to anyone who critiques Edward James Olmos. First, this actor's capacity to convey a complicated range of emotions without words is absolutely staggering and has been seen to great effect in many great films including "Blade Runner." Additionally, he is inarguably the premiere Latino / Chicano filmmaker and actor of all time. If you look at the films he has been involved with, think about how they have dominated the way Hispanic people, Mexicans in particular, have been seen by others who would, largely, not even know of the experiences of their neighbors. "American Me" is so unflinching that, after seeing it, I had to see it again to believe it was actually made by or released by a major studio. Once upon a time studio films featured honest portraits of life but rarely any more. "American Me" tho hardly the knee-slapping comedy some reviewer wanted or expected, conveys an honest sense of the life lived by many without the hope of education or prosperity but with the same need for respect and something bigger than themselves to believe in that you or anyone else has and lives their life by. If you want to see a life perhaps very different than yours depicted with uncommon honesty, watch this film.


29 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
5 best gangster films dodgerfan5
JAPANESE DUDE, PLEASE ANSWER viva_la_riss
What does 'Cabron' and 'Orale' mean? crouchingfork
Mexican Rappers. Daneckboy
Best Part Sparx1_69
South Park tahcamen
Discuss American Me (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?