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My Family (1995)

R | | Drama | 3 May 1995 (USA)
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:
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Rafael Cortes ...
Roberto (as Rafael Cortes)
Ivette Reina ...
Trini
Amelia Zapata ...
Roberto's Girlfriend
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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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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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Rated R for strong language, some graphic violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Cafe con leche  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,079,373
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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), Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 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 »

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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 Apur Sansar (1959) See more »

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Down on the Riverbed
Written by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez (as Louis Perez)
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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A wonderful scene
10 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

The following tender scene (in an otherwise male-oriented movie) is totally unexpected: Jimmy Smits is a macho and is busy with his car, his wife (Elpidia Carrillo) whom he only married so she wouldn't be deported, comes up to him and changes the music in the cassette-player. She tries to get him to dance with her, right there on the street. At first he doesn't want to, but the way by how she finally succeeds is really a must to see. He even asks her at the end of the dance "Will you teach me how to salsa?". For only this scene one should rent the video, the rest of the movie isn't bad either!


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