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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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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

Edward James Olmos was issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon by the Los Angeles Police Dept. because of the many death threats he received from Mexican Mafia members. Before filming began, they were under the impression that the movie was to be a favorable portrait of their organization, and were angered when the film emphasized their criminal activities. 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

Puppet: Can I talk to you a minute?
Montoya Santana: Simon, ese.
Puppet: I heard about what happened. I'm sorry, Santana. Mi carnalito, he messed up.
Montoya Santana: It wasn't his fault, ese. It was all American beef. When they wanna pop you they're gonna pop you. Want some grill cheese, ese?
Puppet: No, thanks.
Montoya Santana: You sure, ese? It's good.
Puppet: People are saying it's Little Puppet's fault.
Montoya Santana: It wasn't his fault, ese.
Puppet: You know me, carnal, I'll do anything for La Eme. Anything. But I'm asking you, please, take my brother's name off.
Montoya Santana: Your brother's name is on a ...
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Referenced in Next Friday (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Son de la Negra
Written by Jose Hernandez
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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