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 »
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
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
Teddy Wilson died shortly after filming the prison interrogation and Delano city jail scenes. See more »
When Montana is brought into Delano Prison, he is put in the cell next to Wallace. The next morning when the guard comes to get Montana for the visit with his daughter, he is in the last cell, 3 or 4 cells away from Wallace. See more »
What am I going to tell my parole officer?
Tell him to suck his pee-pee.
See more »
During the end credits we see helicopter shots of Los Angeles. The movie ends with shots of the big tree (pina). See more »
I saw this movie by chance and was expecting it to be some low budget flick with gang fights in it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. I put the DVD in and was planning to only watch a few minutes before going to bed, but the movie was so good and interesting that I watched the whole thing.
I'm also surprised this movie didn't win many awards. I notice it only won best director in Japan. This should have at least been nominated for best picture (Schindler's List won that year).
And speaking of surprises, the plot has some good twists and surprises of its own.
18 of 23 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?