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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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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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30 April 1993 (USA)  »

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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

Teddy Wilson died shortly after filming the prison interrogation and Delano city jail scenes. See more »

Goofs

The grenades that Smokey throws into club are standard issue military grenades. They don't have enough power to obliterate a whole building or start a fire as seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Cruz: Hey homes you can't come here any more, unless you're gonna bust me.
Paco: ¿And who the FUCK gave you permission to use my little brother in your paintings?
Cruz: ¡I don't need permission from you, he's my carnalito too!
Paco: Don't you use Juanito as an excuse to wreck your life. ¡YOU DON' HAVE THAT RIGHT!
Cruz: Si culero, ¡¿I don't have that right, huh? Fuckin' right I don't
[while cutting Juanito's picture in his paintings]
Cruz: ¡I don't have that fuckin' right! ¿You want him out of my painting joto? ¡All right, all ...
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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 The Bionic Woman (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Jin-Go-Lo-Ba
Written by Michael Olatunji
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Blood In Blood Out - Criminally under-rated!
26 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film a few years ago when my brother stumbled across it in a bargain basement basket bin! What a travesty for a start that it had not made a bigger mark at the box office and had been consigned to a cheap basket! I'm sure if released with more fanfare this time it would reach the audience it deserves! It is a story of rival gangs, family, love, betrayal, loyalty, acceptance - every film cliché you could think of.

It thoroughly explores the destiny of its 3 young stars as they struggle to make their way with the life path they have taken. I won't give away the plot as I believe anyway who truly loves films should see this film in its full glory with no knowledge of the plot or how the film eventually plays out.

I have been reading the postings, and many negative comments have been made about this film, but I believe this film stands up to much of its unfair criticism.

I will admit though, that I did squirm at some of Miklo's earlier expressions in the film, but a 3/4 of the way through he really picks up the baton and completely takes over. In fact, he is a revelation.

There are some cheesy bits of dialogue, but I don't think this takes away from the piece in any way.

It is a long film, but it needed to be. I don't think there are ANY scenes they could have done without - it is very effective, just the way it is.

Anybody who has seen it and didn't like it first time round, I employ you to rent it/buy it again and give it another try.

I purchased another copy of it again just a few days ago. I watched it yesterday and was still moved - as if it was the first time I saw it.

Its definitely TOP TEN best film material! MUST SEE!


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