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My Family (1995)

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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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Three generations of dreams. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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The final scene is duplicated shot-for-shot from the final scene of The World of Apu (1959). 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 »


Young Jose: Maria?
Young Maria: I promised La Virgen that I would return to you.
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A great peek into Mexican life
24 June 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Mexican culture has rarely been pictured in the Hollywood cinema (even though they we are the biggest minority in the country!), but this film probably rates as the best Mexican-themed film (until further notice). The evolution of the family's house really makes this an interesting image in regards to the lives of the family. The intersecting lives of the family are all well thought out, even though it all seems rather convenient they all have these different personas and political aspirations. When I first watched this film, I thought it was one of the greatest movies of all time. Instead of portraying Mexicans as lazy, this film really encompassed the cultural aspects and fears of the common Mexican man. A great film to watch, even if you aren't Mexican.

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