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The Perez Family (1995)

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

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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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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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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

Juan Raul Perez: I've forgotten all about beds, I wonder which side Carmella sleeps on.
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Features Angel and the Badman (1947) See more »

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A Confusion of Styles and Intent
3 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Perez Family" can't decide what it wants to be--a romance, a comedy, or a historical documentation of a period. The story comes from a novel about Cuban refugees--and maybe the novel was effective--but this rendition of the story is undermined by a confusing tone. It seems to move from tragedy to comedy to the surreal with such alacrity and little sense of purpose that the entire film feels inconsequential.

All of the actors do a fine job. But they are given a script that devalues their performances. Marisa Tomei, in particular, gives a sensual performance that is just tossed away by the schizophrenic narrative. In the end, "The Perez Family" feels populated by caricatures.

Within this film, I think there are the beginnings of a solid serious film. And a lighthearted comedy. And a sensual love story. But misdirection, bad editing and/or bad writing have mashed them all together into a lump of confusion.

I do think it is possible to blend comedy, tragedy and more in one film. For a surreal, artistic, symbolistic example (that is even a musical), see Francis Ford Coppola's "One From the Heart". When I think how well some of the "Perez" characters could fit into a story like that, it reinforces my disappointment of this film.

There are parts of this film that could be very striking if they were within a coherent story. Too bad.


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