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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 March 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In prison they are the law. On the streets they are the power.
Plot:
A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sal Lopez ... Pedro Santana
Vira Montes ... Esperanza Santana
Roberto Martín Márquez ... Acha (as Robert Martin Marquez)

Dyana Ortelli ... Yolanda
Joe Aubel ... Tattoo Artist
Rob Garrett ... Zoot Riot Bystander

Lance August ... Young Sailor
Cody Glenn ... Older Sailor

Don Pugsley ... 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

Steve Wilcox ... Young JD

Richard Coca ... Young Mundo
Javier Castellanos ... Hazard Kid

Richard Lee-Sung ... Restaurant Owner

Eric Close ... Juvie Hall Attacker
Christian Klemash ... Blond Kid in Yard
Brian Holechek ... Juvie Officer (as Brian Joe Holechek)
Rigoberto Jimenez ... Big Happy

Edward James Olmos ... Montoya Santana

William Forsythe ... JD

Pepe Serna ... Mundo
Daniel A. Haro ... Huero

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... El Japo
Domingo Ambriz ... Pie Face

Ron Thompson ... Junkie
Glenn Shelton ... Visiting Room Guard
Scott Johnstad ... Visiting Room Guard
Abraham Verduzco ... Paulito - age 7
Grace Morley ... JD's Friend
Danny De La Paz ... Puppet

Vic Trevino ... Cheetah
Robby Robinson ... Drug Thief
Paul Bollen ... Doc
Guillermo Pérez ... Willie-Vato (as Guillermo Perez)

Daniel Villarreal ... Little Puppet
Robert Chavez ... Sparky
Rafael H. Robledo ... El Chucko
Modesto M. Sanchez ... Mo
Dennis Ryan Sacco ... Paulito - age 11
Michael Shaner ... Tony Scagnelli, Jr. (as Michael A. Shaner)
Tom S. Ventimiglia ... Segregation Guard
William Fetzer ... Processing Guard
Thomas Richard Gorman III ... Processing Guard
George Padilla ... Mundo's Attorney
Humberto Madrigal ... Veneno

Jaime Gomez ... Eddie
Jose Guardado ... Samson

Jacob Vargas ... Paulito - age 15
Daniel Lujan ... Mico (age 9)
Evelina Fernández ... Julie (as Evalina Fernandez)
Rodney Rincon ... Shoe Salesman
John Rangel ... Nelo - age 15

Robert Pucci ... Bodyguard

Tony Giorgio ... Don Antonio Scagnelli
Sabino Villa Lobos ... Tin Man (as Sabino Villalobos)
Armando Briseno ... Chuy
Mauricio Ernesto Anzueto ... Bam Bam

Manny Perry ... Arthur J
Bennie Moore ... Ronnie Little

Alex Brown ... Eddie Johnson

William Smith ... Deacon
Gerald Lynn Walker ... BGF Member (as Gerald L. Walker)
William T. Amos ... Tank
Irma Aurea García ... Lourdes (as Irma Aurea Garcia)
Robert Alvarez ... Ralphy (as Roberto Alvarez)

Ken Medlock ... Cop

Rolando Molina ... Cop
Ana Lizarraga ... Julie's Mother
Steven Cisneros ... Chivo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dawud Abdullah ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)

Art Bonilla ... NF Gangleader (uncredited)

Tom Bower ... Dornan (uncredited)

Marc Cinquanta ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jessica Russell ... Waitress (uncredited)
Dave Smith ... Prison inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward James Olmos 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Floyd Mutrux (story)

Floyd Mutrux (screenplay) and
Desmond Nakano (screenplay)

Produced by
Lou Adler .... executive producer
Sean Daniel .... producer
Brian E. Frankish .... co-producer
Randee Lynne Jensen .... associate producer
Antoinette Levine .... associate producer
Floyd Mutrux .... executive producer
Edward James Olmos .... producer
Irwin Young .... executive producer
Robert M. Young .... producer
 
Original Music by
Claude Gaudette 
Dennis Lambert 
 
Cinematography by
Reynaldo Villalobos 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Candib 
Arthur Coburn  (as Arthur R. Coburn)
 
Casting by
Bob Morones 
 
Production Design by
Joe Aubel 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Toyon  (as Richard Yanez)
 
Set Decoration by
Martin Price  (as Martin C. Price)
 
Costume Design by
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez 
 
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... key makeup artist
Dee Dee Altamura .... assistant makeup artist
Lorraine Altamura .... third makeup assistant
Ken Diaz .... makeup artist
Art Harding .... makeup artist
Theo Mayes .... key hair stylist
Tania McComas .... special makeup effects artist
Gloria Ponce .... hair stylist
Jill Rockow .... prosthetic makeup artist
Patricia Vecchio .... assistant hair stylist
Carlos Yeaggy .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brian E. Frankish .... unit production manager (as Brian Frankish)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dustin Bernard .... additional second assistant director
Gilbert Castro .... second second assistant director
Dan Coffie .... dga trainee
Richard Espinoza .... first assistant director
Brian Ort .... additional second assistant director
Brian Whitley .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Kinney Booker .... set dresser
Alex Carrillo .... lead carpenter
William Davidson .... foreman (as William 'Roscoe' Davidson)
John Davies .... stand-by painter
Marc Martin Del Campo .... swing gang
Stephen R. Ferry .... swing gang (as Stephen Ferry)
John Frantz .... second assistant property master
Eugene Freiburger .... assistant property master
Serge Genitempo .... stand-by painter
Stephanie J. Gordon .... set designer (as Stephanie Gordon)
Matt Hailey .... swing gang
Dean B. Katz .... set dresser (as Dean Katz)
Lance Lombardo .... lead person
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
Thomas J. O'Brien .... paint foreman (as Thomas O'Brien)
David Scott .... property master
Greg Villalva .... construction coordinator
Darrell L. Wight .... set designer (as Darrell Wight)
 
Sound Department
James Bolt .... re-recording mixer
Andy D'Addario .... re-recording mixer
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Janet Gratz .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Jones .... production sound mixer
Steve Kohler .... sound
Brandon Keropian Olmos .... assistant to recording director
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
Janelle Showalter .... assistant sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
James Thompson .... cable operator (as Jim Thompson)
 
Special Effects by
Jeffrey S. Farley .... stunt mask design and fabrication
 
Stunts
Kenneth John Borland Jr. .... stunts
John Borland .... stunts (as John Borlan)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William H. Burton)
David Burton .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Ousaun Elam .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
Tony Epper .... stunts
Richie Gaona .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Tony Kahana .... stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts (as Henry Kingi Sr.)
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Freddy Lopez .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Randy Peters .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts (as Richard Piemonte)
Víctor Quintero .... stunts
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Tierre Turner .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glen Wilder)
Gerard G. Williams .... stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Dick Ziker .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... additional first assistant camera
Mike Amorelli .... best boy electric (as Michael Amorelli)
Paul Amorelli .... electrician
Todd Braden .... musco lighting technician
Steve Bridge .... camera operator
David L. Butler .... camera operator: helicopter camera (as David Butler)
Hugo Cortina .... chief lighting technician
William Cueto .... rigging electrician (as Bill Cueto)
Moose Enright .... set lighting technician (as Thomas Enright)
Ernesto Enríquez .... rigging electrician (as Ernest Enriquez)
Tony Friedkin .... still photographer
Brad M. Hazen .... electrician (as Brad Hazen)
Jason Hicks .... grip
Joe Hicks .... dolly grip
Brian Holechek .... grip (as Brian Joe Holechek)
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... electrician (as Frank Jimenez Jr.)
Vic Keatley .... electrician (as Victor Keatley)
Rodger Kelderman .... musco lighting technician (as Roger Kelderman)
T. Sano Kwong .... best boy grip
Jeff Mart .... Steadicam operator
Michael Meinardus .... Steadicam operator (as Mike Meinardus)
Bob Munoz .... key grip (as Bobby Munoz)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
David Preciado .... electrician
David Schmalz .... video assist operator
Clarence Tindell .... grip
Michael T. Travers .... rigging grip (as Michael Travers)
Maria Varni .... loader
Reynaldo Villalobos III .... second assistant camera
Tony Villalobos .... second assistant camera
Robert M. Young .... camera operator
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Monica Vasquez .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Terra Abroms .... post-production coordinator
Julie Dole .... assistant editor (as Julia Dole)
Elizabeth Fulton Schmidt .... assistant editor (as Elizabeth Fulton)
Susan Godfrey .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Paula Suhy .... assistant editor (as Paula Greatbatch)
 
Location Management
Kenneth Segura Knoll .... locations consultant
Martine White .... assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Bruce Frazier .... music conductor
Claude Gaudette .... orchestrator
Dennis Lambert .... music supervisor
Michael Lippman .... music consultant
George A. Martin .... supervising music editor
Dawn Soler .... music consultant (as Dawn Solér)
Michael Thompson .... musician: guitar
 
Transportation Department
Sharon Hollis .... transportation captain
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator
Don Varela .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Fabiana Arrastia .... assistant coordinator
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Tony Casas .... technical advisor
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Fernando Cubillas .... assistant: Edward James Olmos
David W. Dale .... assistant: William Forsythe
Jane Estocin .... assistant accountant
Susan Gee .... production financing
Shelly Glasser .... production coordinator
Bob Hoffman .... public relations
Jerry Holway .... operator: Skyman
Steve Johnson .... stand-in
J. David Jones .... helicopter pilot
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Ana Lizarraga .... coordinator: youth gang services
Charles Manriquez .... technical advisor
Brandon Keropian Olmos .... production assistant
Luis Reyes .... publicist
Charlotte Richardson .... researcher
Modesto M. Sanchez .... stand-in
James P. Schreiber .... production counsel
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Shawn Stevens .... crafts service/catering
Ramona Sánchez-Waggoner .... production accountant (as Ramona Sanchez Waggoner)
Michael Vasquez .... assistant auditor
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
John Achorn .... additional voices (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Steve Valdivia .... the producers wish to thank
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content
Runtime:
125 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 (re-rating on appeal) (1993) | Italy:(Banned) (1992-1993) | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #31589)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to "60 Minutes" (1968), three people who acted as consultants on this film were later murdered because of the depiction of a homosexual rape scene that reportedly deeply offended the Mexican Mafia's machismo.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 piece of paper, ese?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Role Models (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
La Vena DitaSee more »

FAQ

What is the name of that arrangement playing during the nostalgic 1940's scene of this film in which Santana's mother is taking the street car?
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Watch this movie!!, 23 April 1999
Author: VCRanger from California

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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