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Bread and Roses (2000)

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar Padilla ...
Maya
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Sam Shapiro
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Rosa
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Bert
Monica Rivas ...
Simona
Frankie Davila ...
Luis (as Frank Davila)
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Anna
Mayron Payes ...
Ben
Maria Orellana ...
Berta
Melody Garrett ...
Cynthia
Gigi Jackman ...
Dolores
Beverly Reynolds ...
Ella
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Juan (as Eloy Mendez)
Elena Antonenko ...
Maria
Olga Gorelik ...
Olga
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Storyline

Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers' union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she's also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Balance Of Power Is About To Change.

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Rated R for strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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25 October 2000 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£37,890 (UK) (4 May 2001)

Gross:

$525,738 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Quotes

[last lines]
Maya: Take care. Take good care of yourself. I love you.
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Referenced in S.P.U.N.G: Bara man vill så går det (2002) See more »

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Brody is a bit annoying
16 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Illegals are brought in over the border. They are quickly put to work. Maya has to escape from lecherous coyotes. Her sister Rosa gets her a non-union janitor job under dictatorial supervisor Perez (George Lopez). Union man Sam Shapiro (Adrien Brody) is pushing to organize and Rosa is hostile. Sam does a presentation for the workers and later Perez finds out.

Adrien Brody needs to be more likable in this movie but he is too cold to the workers' concerns. He is also kinda bad at his job. He has nothing to lose but he asks these workers to risk everything. In a way, he's more annoying than the George Lopez character. The workers are the compelling characters. Digging deeper on some of those characters could be more effective.


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