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

R  |   |  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.

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Crime | Drama

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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Blood In, Blood Out  »

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

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

Quotes

Paco: ¿What do you vatos want to do ese?
Spider: Caele, homies.
Paco: You gotta pay your dues to me, pinche mamón.
Spider: You want to throw it out, puto? Come and get some. Chale, motherfucker!
Paco: Man, Fuck You. ¿You want another placazo bad ass? Come and get it motherfucker!
Spider: Chinga tu madre! I will cut your fucking heart out, punk!
Coolaide: ¡ANDALE!
Paco: ¡And Fuck these other vatos, ese! ¡Get up Chucky, get up! You fuck with my familia eh, you got to answer to me, here and now come on, toe to toe.
[Chucky whistles]
Paco: ¡LET'S GO MOTHERFUCKER...
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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

597-59
Written by Joseph Jarman
Performed by the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Courtesy of ECM Records
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User Reviews

 
Pleasantly Surprised.
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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