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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 ...
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 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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Two of the most dangerous street gangs of East L.A., Il Grande Hazard and MC Forceros, called a truce to allow director Edward James Olmos to shoot the movie on their turfs. 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

Montoya Santana: Little Puppet!
Little Puppet: Orale!
Montoya Santana: Orale! How are you doing?
Little Puppet: Great.
Montoya Santana: It's good, ese. Called you for a little task, all right?
Little Puppet: Simon.
Montoya Santana: Now you'll do El Chucko. Want you to handle it for us, all right?
Puppet: I'll take care of it, ese.
Montoya Santana: Was I talking to you, ese?
Puppet: Santana, let me do it. Mi carnalito... that's not his thing. I mean he's no punk or nothing but...
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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Written by Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin
Performed by The Animals
By Arrangement with EMI Records UK and ABKCO Records
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23 April 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

American Me tells the story about the creation of one of the biggest hispanic gangs in California, the Mexican Mafia. It tells the story from the viewpoint of Santana, the co-creator of the gang, from his parents violent youth all the way to the time he spends in prison. An enthralling look at gang violence and how it effects our youth as it becomes a truly vicious cycle. Outstanding performances by James-Olmos and Forsythe really lend credit to the movie. There are some moments of extreme violence, so it may not be suitable for all people. A rating of 9 out of 10 was given.


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