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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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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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Wallace
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Chuey
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Frankie
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Big Al
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Lightning
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Carlos
Karmin Murcelo ...
Dolores
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,496,583 (USA)
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Trivia

Paulo Tocha was once in a gang himself, he turned his life around to become a professional muy Thai fighter. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Prison Librarian: Cocaine is America's cup of coffee.
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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

Referenced in La Vida Loca: Based on a True Story (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Searchin' For My Love
Written by Bobby Moore
Performed by Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

 
Vatos Locos forever
27 January 2000 | by (Scarsdale, NY) – See all my reviews

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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