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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 step-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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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.

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An epic story of three brothers. Bound by blood. Divided by fate. Driven by destiny. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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30 April 1993 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,496,583
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The sound microphone is visible in the prison scene when Miklo and guy are talking to Ryder. See more »

Quotes

Cruz: You think you used your brotherhood up like a shot of tequila?
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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

Take Me To The River
Written by Al Green and Teenie Hodges
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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great story, great irony, great epic
17 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

i was bored one evening and someone mentioned to check this movie.

i rarely like movies which are very long but i figured what the heck i'd try it

since then i have ordered dvd of the movie and seen it 5 times in 2 weeks

this movie only might have 1 real problem, is when actors kinda overact their roles, which you could see in the movie, however its pretty acceptable in this movie

great movies usually defined by great actors acting out the roles/story as well as other features(irony/etc)

well this movie had a real great story, well written script which at any point in the movie was never confusing(often problem with long movies, you loose the track on some heroes and movie jumps a lot)

i think that most great movies should have good irony, well this was no exception! i will not go in to the details but anyone who seen this movie will agree with me

i think everyone should at least see this movie once, but thats just my humble opinion

later...


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