The Perez Family (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Drama  |  12 May 1995 (USA)
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In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Raul Perez
Carmela Perez
Lt. John Pirelli
Teresa Perez
Luz Pat
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Indian immigration official
Angel Diaz
Officer Rhoades
Jose Felipe Padron ...
Felipe Perez
Lázaro Pérez ...
Armando 'Papi' Perez
Steve Steverino
Billy Hopkins ...
Father Aiden


In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the process, a political prisoner who hasn't seen his wife for twenty years and a disaffected sugarcane cutter fall in love. An excitable brother and a lovestruck cop contribute to the general confusion. The inevitable humorous romantic entaglements ensue as a final confrontation is set up. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A family became strangers and strangers became a family. See more »


Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando salí de Cuba  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$2,832,826 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to be directing this film, but pulled out before production started. See more »


When Dottie goes to make out with the security guard at the bar, the first wide shot shows her without her orange pants on, just black panties. In the next shot, she is wearing her pants, then the security guard precedes to pull them down, showing the black panties previously shown from a far distance in the first wide shot. See more »


Juan Raul Perez: Dori, you're beautiful. You always know where you are on this earth
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Marisa sizzles!
16 November 2000 | by (The Beach) – See all my reviews

This excellent film came out at the same time as the similar titled "My Family." How interesting it always is when twin films come out that way. Sometimes one film is completely ignored, other times the two films split their limited audiences and neither really take off. Such as the case with these two films. Both were excellent films with similar marketing campaigns, but Marisa Tomei in "The Perez Family" is what makes this film the superior of the two. As Dottie Perez, Marisa Tomei is sizzling hot, as sexy as anything to dance across the screen in decades, and simply dissolves into her character. If Marisa Tomei won a Oscar for "My Cousin Vinny" (which she did), then her performance here, in comparison, deserves a Nobel Peace Prize! I dare any one, male or female, to watch this film and not fall instantly in love with every inch of her. Our entire family adores this film and Marisa Tomei's performance.

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