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Carlos Amado
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Pepe Amato
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Jennifer
Martha Velez ...
Teresa Amato
Lysa Flores ...
Maria Amato
Annette Murphy ...
Letti, Pepe's Girlfriend
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Martin
Vincent Chandler ...
Juancito Amato
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Fred Marin
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Jeffrey Sanna ...
Frank Rivers (as Jeff Sanna)
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Bartender
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Carmel County Writer
Alejandro Parra ...
Star Map Boy
Caesar Garcia ...
Star Map Boy
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Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can get his foot in the door in Hollywood. Finally one of his clients, a rich soap star, offers him a bit part in her show. Pepe tell Carlos that she is just using him and demands that he not see the women any longer. Carlos defies his father and when his big day comes he is finds out the harsh realities of life are even harsher than he imagined. Written by Mark Babcock <encephalon@msn.com>

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$87,028 (USA) (25 July 1997)

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$592,573 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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Carlos Amado: Princess, the great difference between people in this world is not the difference between the rich and the poor, or the good and the evil. The biggest of all differences in this world is between those that had or have pleasure in love and those that haven't or hadn't any pleasure in love. I don't mean just ordinary love or the kind you can buy. I mean great love.
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References Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) See more »

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¨Dios¨
Written by Christian Basso and Diego Frenkel
Performed by ¨La Portuaria¨
Courtesy of EMI Argentina
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Not perfect, but challenging and unique
2 May 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Odd, brave, if not completely successful drama.

A Mexican father in Los Angeles forces his son, who wants to be an actor, into prostitution.

The story details his misadventures in Hollywood in both the sexual and movie making arenas, as well as the completely dysfunctional family that surrounds him.

Much like Arteta's later films, there's a surreal humor under it all, and a genuine weirdness at how matter of fact its all treated. Good use of music as well.

The acting could have been better, which would have elevated it considerably. But it still is a unique, and strangely entertaining look at a warped and dysfunctional world.


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