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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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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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Prior to filming, Adrien Brody did undercover research as a union member in Los Angeles. He went to conventions and sat in on strike talks. A couple of the members recognized him, but Brody persuaded them not to blow his cover. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Stand up for your fucking rights!
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Referenced in Ocean's Thirteen (2007) See more »

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12 March 2001 | by (Malibu, California) – See all my reviews

Elpidia Carrillo has a scene in this film equal to the "...I'm the best possible Arnold Burns" self-justification speech in A THOUSAND CLOWNS. It's so real and raw it's almost hard to watch. I saw this film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and it so beautifully delivers the drama and the realities of the Justice for Janitors campaign. Ken Loach does it again...with an American accent (ALL the Americas). Adrien Brody is Ron Leibman's NORMA RAE organizer if he were younger and less seasoned, but just as much the true believer. Pilar Padilla's Maya is all passion and youth and fun-loving troublemaker. The documentary style that Ken Loach uses is perfect for the subject.


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