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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

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

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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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3 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cafe con leche  »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,079,373 (USA)
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In one scene, when Johnny (Jimmy Smits) is talking to his son, he gives him a Star Wars toy of the Millennium falcon ship as a gift. Seven years later Jimmy Smits would go on to play Bail Organa in Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the clones (2002) and Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005) as the adopted father of Princess Leia, who spent time in the Millenium Falcon in the original Star Wars trilogy and even married the captain, Han Solo. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Jimmy: That was a political action. I'm a goddamned revolutionary!
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Connections

Features I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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La Negra
Written by Rubén Fuentes (as Ruben Fuentes) and Silvestre Vargas
Performed by Mariachi los Camperos
Published by Peer International Corp.
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A great work
31 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mi Familia is a mini masterpiece. It uses all manner of genre styles to tell its story and amazingly it works. This is a film with so much passion and significance it is almost tiring to praise it for fear of running out of breath. You could call this film an epic or a saga since it deals with many generations of the same family. The film never shies away from making a social comment or two and deals directly with the issues at hand in whatever time period it happens to take place in. The family has never had an easy life, but the closing statement rings true in that despite the hardships they have been made to endure they have lead an incredibly good life. More than twice this family is broken up by the racial hatred and civilly unjust policies of their times, but they always stick together and no matter what happens or who does what this family is truly unbreakable. All performances are fantastic but there is one the really sticks out. Jimmy Smits has proved time and again that he is a capable actor but his work in this film is simply amazing.


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