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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Bound by Honor (original title)
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
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Red Ryder
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Teddy Wilson ...
Wallace
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Chuey
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Frankie
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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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Crime | Drama

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

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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

Teddy Wilson died shortly after filming the prison interrogation and Delano city jail scenes. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the if the fight with Spider, Al Green's song "Take Me To The River" can be heard. The fight took place in the year 1972 however the song came out in 1974. See more »

Quotes

Cruz: Hey homes you can't come here any more, unless you're gonna bust me.
Paco: ¿And who the FUCK gave you permission to use my little brother in your paintings?
Cruz: ¡I don't need permission from you, he's my carnalito too!
Paco: Don't you use Juanito as an excuse to wreck your life. ¡YOU DON' HAVE THAT RIGHT!
Cruz: Si culero, ¡¿I don't have that right, huh? Fuckin' right I don't
[while cutting Juanito's picture in his paintings]
Cruz: ¡I don't have that fuckin' right! ¿You want him out of my painting joto? ¡All right, all ...
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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

Referenced in La Vida Loca: Based on a True Story (2012) 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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User Reviews

 
great story, nice and long so one can enjoy it more than the average flick
21 February 2007 | by (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

i believe that is one of the better movies ever to come out. a truly amazing story of what life can entail between brothers and how the choices you make defines your direction in life. OK, one might argue that it is rather cheap in the budgetary sense and consequently not a respectable director nor actors are in it makes the flick only more interesting. The acting is however quite good and the prisoners are more than realistic. In other words it gives a nice insight in US (prison-gang)life. On top of that i personally am a great fan of true stories as this is. it is a shame that bad distribution has not given this the place in movie history that it deserves.


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