My Family (1995)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 May 1995 (USA)
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This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Jose and Maria, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rafael Cortes ...
Roberto (as Rafael Cortes)
Ivette Reina ...
Amelia Zapata ...
Roberto's Girlfriend
Young Jose
Emilio Del Haro ...
Oxcart Driver
Abel Woolrich ...
Oxcart Driver
El Californio (as Leon Singer)
Maria's Employer
Alicia del Lago ...
Maria's Aunt
The Boatman (as Thomas Rosales)
Anthony Gonzalez ...
Baby Paco
Michael Gonzalez ...
Little Paco


This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Jose and Maria, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930s. They establish their family in East L.A., and their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 1950s. As the second generation become adults in the 1960s, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy's journey to becoming a responsible parent. Written by <>

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Births, weddings and funerals. Madness, mayhem and murder. See more »



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Rated R for strong language, some graphic violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cafe con leche  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)


$11,079,373 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, Jacob Vargas, and Lupe Ontiveros later worked together again in the autobiography of the late Tejano singer Selena. See more »


When Isabella is at the Sanchez home, we see a medium shot of Paco with a bowl of popcorn, and Memo. In front of them is a tray of taquitos. But a minute or two later, Irene brings out the same tray and sets it down on the coffee table in front of them. See more »


Paco: Everyone thought it odd that Toni was going to be a nun, but then, she always was the bossy type, and that's the type that usually becomes a nun.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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performed by Los Lobos
Published by Davince Music/No K.O. Music
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Liked it, will film a part 2
10 April 2012 | by (Arkansas, United States) – See all my reviews

This one hit close to home with me, especially with the characters. Chucho is a fun character that seemed to just be chased by bad luck, and some Hispanics, especially the older ones, are extremely superstitious. But it was funny how close the Chucho character was to the character that same actor played on "La Bamba." And Jimmy... well, that character brings so many memories of one of my cousins life... who has been in and out of prison... he's crude, rude, and can be ruthless, but will help you any way he can, especially if you're family. As a filmmaker, I'm hoping to bring a non-integrated part 2 to this, but the background of the adventure of my lineage is exciting on both father and mother's side. It'll be filled with the unexplained, the pain and drama, Spanish royal connections, and treasure.... which still remains hidden to this day.

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