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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

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>

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On the way to finding a family, she found love. 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

Carmela Perez: She's a good girl but she is an American. Who could have imagined me having an American for a daughter?
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love Elvis Presley, I dig the rock and roll, I want to F*CK... John Wayne
15 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a cute little film starring Marisa Tomei (Wild Hogs, My Cousin Vinny) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Frida) as Cubans who came over on the Marial boat lift in the 80s.

Juan Raul Perez (Molina) is married to Carmela (Anjelica Huston), who came to America 20 years previous while Juan languished in a Cuban prison. He is stuck in an immigration facility with Dorita Evita Perez (Tomei), who is not related to him, but pretends to be his wife so they can get out. They even pick up a father and a son in their attempt at freedom.

While Juan is trying to escape and reunite with Carmela, her brother, Angel (Diego Wallraff) is trying to keep them apart. Further complicating the adventure is a cop, Lt. John Pirelli (Chazz Palminteri), who is falling in love with Carmela.

It is a sweet little comedy that Tomei does so well and worth spending some time with.


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