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The Perez Family (1995)

 -  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

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

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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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12 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando salí de Cuba  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,832,826 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dorita Evita Perez: [on why she wants to go to america] I love Elvis Presley, I dig the rock and roll, I want to FUCK... John Wayne
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User Reviews

 
I loved it!
28 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I remember I was seeing a play "Ragtime" and I wondered if an immigration movie/play existed that was not incredibly depressing and then I remembered "The Perez Family".

It's like that excercise where a shrink tells the husband to pretend he's interested in sex with his wife and then it the feelings actually occur. Here they pretend to be a family to get through immigration and then they actually do begin to care for one another and be like a true family.

I also loved how it could get a little surealistic at moments. For example when they first arrive in the Oragebowl and Juan fears they're gonna be shot and then they are suddenly surrounded by a laughing crowd. Or the moment Juan sees his wife kissing the cop and as he crushes the photo we see a red stain appear over his heart. That was so subtle I only caught it with repeated vewings. The soundtrach even is simpally amazing. And yes Marisa Tomei has never been hotter! ;-)

I also loved a lot of the minor roles such as the Indian immigration official who clearly realizes what's going on and clearly doesn't care. I loved that little sarcastic eyeroll he does when he talks about, "Cowboys . . . and Indians!"

Overall it's just such a sweet heartwarming film which is such a change from the usual "the more depressing the more deep and artistic" immigration film. Sure some of it was pretty silly, coincidental, and over the top but "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" wasn't?


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