Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members...
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This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Jose and Maria, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face... See full summary »
Edward James Olmos
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-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.
At the time of the film's release, there were two soundtracks planned. One consisted of only prerecorded music featured in the film released under Disney's label, Hollywood Records. The second one was to have featured Academy Award winner Bill Conti's aggressive Latin score and was to be released by Varese Sarabande Records. While the first album, was released under the films' new title, Bound By Honor, Conti's album was immediately canceled during its'production run under the film's original title, Blood In Blood Out. The film's abrupt title change may have been one of the reasons this album was canceled. This run of the CD actually does exist, but not made available to the general public despite the fact that a more than a few copies of it have leaked out onto the market, mainly for promotional services within the film industry. This CD has the unique distinction of being one of the rarest soundtracks in existence and rarely available for sale. A listing stating "Score album on Varese Sarabande" next to the record company's logo is posted during the film's End Credits and on the back of the film's VHS, Laserdisc and DVD releases. See more »
When Paco goes to fight Spider, he takes out a balisong (butterfly) knife. After he's done with the incident, he clearly folds a folding lock-back knife (different type of knife altogether). See more »
You think you used your brotherhood up like a shot of tequila?
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During the end credits we see helicopter shots of Los Angeles. The movie ends with shots of the big tree (pina). See more »
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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