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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
"Bound by Honor" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  30 April 1993 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

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Miklo
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Cruz
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Paco
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Montana
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Magic Mike
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Bonafide
Tom Towles ...
Red Ryder
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Teddy Wilson ...
Wallace
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Chuey
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Frankie
Lanny Flaherty ...
Big Al
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Lightning
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Carlos
Karmin Murcelo ...
Dolores
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Storyline

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 of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo. Written by Anonymous

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An epic story of three brothers. Bound by blood. Divided by fate. Driven by destiny.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,496,583 (USA)
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Trivia

Danny Trejo, the actor who plays Geronimo of the La Onda council, once actually did time in San Quentin. During the final gathering of the council, Miklo stated that he was headed back to Texas via interstate compact - Trejo's cousin (film director Robert Rodriguez) is from San Antonio. See more »

Goofs

In one scene a 1985 Camaro can be seen, but the year is 1981. See more »

Quotes

Rollie McCann: Let's go, out of the car!
Popeye: Careful, careful we are tax payers, Officer McCann.
Paco: Turn around!
Rollie McCann: [Talking to Smokey and Apache] You two, out of the car!
Popeye: [Looks at Paco's hand] Orale, that's a nice placa you got there, ese. You should be riding with me, not fucking with me, carnal.
Paco: [Pushes Popeye] Hey don't you call me carnal, you piece of shit I'm not your brother, these comebacks of few are killing of our kids.
Popeye: You should get some clothes on officer before you get arrested for indecent exposure, what ...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see helicopter shots of Los Angeles. The movie ends with shots of the big tree (pina). See more »

Connections

References Billy Graham (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me To The River
Written by Al Green and Teenie Hodges
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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probably my favorite
26 May 2000 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie about twenty times and would gladly watch it again anytime.Literally.Damian Chapa has been robbed of any real recognition for what I think is one of the best performances ever to be put on film.Miklo rules.I've never seen the extended laserdisc,but I'm sure it kicks even more ass. This movie will survive the test of time.


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