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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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.
Danny Trejo, the actor who plays Geronimo of the La Onda council, once actually did time in San Quentin. During the final gathering of the council, Miklo stated that he was headed back to Texas via interstate compact - Trejo's cousin (film director Robert Rodriguez) is from San Antonio. See more »
In the scene where the young boy is laying dead on the ground from a heroin overdose, the young actor can be seen to blink his eyes. See more »
This is one of those most people saw by mistake, late one night on cable. I did too, and found myself talking about it for weeks. The only thing that keeps this movie from being rated higher is its length. At times it is too drawn out, but for the most part it is well acted, beautifully shot considering the settings, and tells a good story.
I have yet to to find a person who doesn't fal in love with this movie.
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