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 »
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
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
The Mural of Miklo, Paco and Cruzito seen at the end of the movie when Cruzito and Paco are reminiscing, still stands to this day. Corrosion has damaged most of the facial expressions and colors but from a distance the base is still clear. See more »
When Miklo and La Onda are rioting in prison due to Montana's death, you can see Spider's chain when he has his back facing the camera but when the camera goes back and forth, the chain is no longer visible. See more »
You should not have done that to my brother, Cruzito, ese! Know what I mean jellybean? You wanna dance? I know a tune, that's gonna stick and cut.
[slashes spider across cheek]
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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 »
great story, nice and long so one can enjoy it more than the average flick
i believe that is one of the better movies ever to come out. a truly amazing story of what life can entail between brothers and how the choices you make defines your direction in life. OK, one might argue that it is rather cheap in the budgetary sense and consequently not a respectable director nor actors are in it makes the flick only more interesting. The acting is however quite good and the prisoners are more than realistic. In other words it gives a nice insight in US (prison-gang)life. On top of that i personally am a great fan of true stories as this is. it is a shame that bad distribution has not given this the place in movie history that it deserves.
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