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

 -  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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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
Valente Rodriguez ...
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.


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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

Originally titled "Blood In Blood Out", which is the motto of La Onda, the prison gang in the film. Before the film's release in Spring of 1993, the title and all posters were changed because Disney which produced the film under their Hollywood Pictures banner, felt that it would promote or influence violence especially among the L.A. gangs where the film actually takes place around East Los Angeles. Another possible reason was because of the aftermath of the L.A. riots during this period of time which the studio felt the film's title was too negative. Bound by Honor was chosen and actually portrays the film's message a little more clearly. See more »

Goofs

When Miklo is talking to Gil about betting on a Lakers/Golden State game in the 1982 segment of the film, there are repeated references to "Barry", presumably meaning Rick Barry, playing for the Warriors. Barry last played for the Warriors in 1978, and although they did have Joe Barry Carroll in 1982, he was never referred to as "Barry". See more »

Quotes

Popeye: She looks a little Bowlegged to me Al.
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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 Baby Cakes (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Slippin' Into Darkness
Written by Lonnie Jordan, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott), Lee Oskar,
Harold R. Brown, Thomas Allen, Charles Miller and Morris D. Dickerson
Performed by War
Courtesy of Far Out Music
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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User Reviews

Mixed reviews
26 May 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I am quite often moved to comment when a movie has a wide range of good to bad reviews. This movie is a classic case. Several people called it the worst movie they had ever seen, or words to that effect. Is it? Hardly. It also isn't the best movie ever made. It is long, I'll grant the complaints about that, but one of the beauties of video is you don't have to watch it all at one time. Over-acted? I think that has to do with the genre.

Okay, it isn't the best movie ever made. But I can sum up all of its shortcomings with one contraticting word. It is compelling. I can very much relate to the reviewer who mentioned getting hooked on it on tv in the middle of the night. It is a compelling movie in spite of its shortcomings. Even if it seems overacted, it is compelling because it seems so real in spite of the overacting.


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