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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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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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
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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From the Director of An Officer And A Gentleman and the Producer of La Bamba. See more »

Genres:

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)  »

Also Known As:

Blood In, Blood Out  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,496,583 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Adan Hernandez was commissioned to paint thirty paintings for the film. All the paintings that were in the film were done by him. Adan was in the Gallery opening scene as Gilbert. See more »

Goofs

When their rival gang is jumping Cruzito, and they drop him on the fire hydrant, the fire hydrant bends. 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 Take the Money and Run (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Cafe
Written by Arcalio Garcia, Pablo Tellez and Jorge Santana
Performed by Malo
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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