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Someone Else's America (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
This tale take place in a bar. The Spanish Alonso and his blind mother run this place. Bay, who is Alonso's friend live here too. This story tells something about Alonso and Bay and the "... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bayo (as Miki Manojlovic)
Alonso's Mother
Zorka Manojlovic ...
Bayo's Mother
Lanny Flaherty ...
Mihalis Giannatos ...
Greek Agent (as Michalis Yannatos)
Predrag Ejdus ...
Chia-Ching Niu ...
Chinese Girl
Andjela Stojkovic ...
Lazar Kalmic ...
Ananda Ellis ...
Afisi's Brother


This tale take place in a bar. The Spanish Alonso and his blind mother run this place. Bay, who is Alonso's friend live here too. This story tells something about Alonso and Bay and the "American Dream". Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two friends, two worlds, one dream.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Ameriki kapoiou allou  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the movie as the family are loading the car to drive to San Francisco, the track for the camera is visible in the reflection on the car door and side. See more »


Alonso: This is USA of America. This is the place where if you work hard, and you worry, you can be anything you want.
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Referenced in Sexton: Del 7 (1996) See more »

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The movie doesn't quite coalesce
16 August 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

The magic realism intent of the finale is spoilt by poor optical work, and in general the movie is a catalogue of good ideas indifferently executed, or undermined by an affinity for hammy acting, boisterous comedy (the bantering between Conti and Manojlovic gets tiresome quite early on), and a disappointingly straightforward style - the whole thing looks overwhelmed by compromise. It comes close to so many things though - potentially acting as a kaleidoscope on the complex possibilities of America and the vast cultural compromise (in parts both sweeping and subtle) that's required of the immigrant: the eldest son effortlessly becomes an entrepreneur (portrayed with a cold-lipped hard-edge to him that can't help but distance us); Conti achieves the thinnest illusion of success; Manojlovic remains in the past, defiantly clutching his rooster (typical of his experience in the New World, when he obtains an egg in order to provide the rooster a chicken, it hatches into another rooster) and mourning his son who died in crossing from Mexico; others find a self-deluding equilibrium between past and present; but the ultimate arrival-point of old Granny shows all steps are possible. It's a great theme and a great title, worthy of a film of astonishing range and potency, but that's not achieved here - maybe the logistical challenge of making this all coalesce was just too ambitious for a director who's himself a stranger to America.

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