Piñero (2001)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  12 April 2002 (Brazil)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,186 users   Metascore: 40/100
Reviews: 25 user | 41 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

"Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing ... See full summary »



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

La mission (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A single-parent ex-con in a tough, minority neighborhood finds his personal values challenged when he discovers his son is gay.

Director: Peter Bratt
Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Borgzinner
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Television director/producer Michael Pressman mounts a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune starring his wife, Lisa Chess. But their attempts to stage the play and work on ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Michael Pressman, Lisa Chess, Alan Rosenberg
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo
Europa (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Just after WW2, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier
The Hunted (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife.

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi
Sea of Love (1989)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman
S1m0ne (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts
El cantante (2006)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director: Leon Ichaso
Stars: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz
Choking Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The social anxiety of a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher working in a Queens diner provides the psychological engine that powers this blend of drama and magical realism.

Director: Steve Barron
Stars: Octavio Gómez Berríos, Eugenia Yuan, Mandy Patinkin
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Pettigrew
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Luigi 'Titta' Benzi, Italo Calvino
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Few knew that Stalin spent his last night in the arms of a young Australian woman. Few still knew that their "love-child" brought Australia to the brink of civil war. Until now ...

Director: Peter Duncan
Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, F. Murray Abraham


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tito Goya
Edgar Bowser
Reinaldo Povod
Miguel's Mother
Jaime Sánchez ...
Miguel's Father (as Jamier Sanchez)
Rome Neal ...
Joseph Papp
Oscar A. Colon ...
Bodega Man (as Oscar Colon)
Miriam Cruz ...
Bodega Woman
Luis Caballero ...
Shooting Gallery Man
Sophia Domoulin ...
Shooting Gallery Woman


"Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and drug dealing, Piñero's prison experiences developed into the 1974 Tony-nominated play Short Eyes. The resulting notoriety and fame was too much for the Latino bad-boy genius who retreated to the darker corners of New York City. Written by <info@greenestreetfilms.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

12 April 2002 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Pinero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,750 (USA) (14 December 2001)


$1,418,314 (USA) (28 February 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


John Leguizamo who served as Executive Producer on Pinero played Orlando Calderone son of Esteban Calderone on Miami Vice.Esteban Calderone was played by Miguel Pinero. See more »


[first lines]
Miguel Piñero: Hey, what's happenin', what's happenin'?
Miguel Piñero: We'll just start from the top.
Miguel Piñero: Well, I guess I started stealing when I was eight. Stealing bread for my baby sister and brother. And other times you walk into the supermarket and just eat the food right out of the aisles, and not even pay. We'd walk right outside, you know? Now when you think about Latin writers, you probably think about Senior Márquez, Neruda, Cortazar - the magic realism. Not here, not this. There are no ...
See more »


References Kojak (1973) See more »


Calle Luna Calle Sol
Written by Willie Colón
Published by FAF Publishing-Sonido, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Willie Colón
Vocal by Hector Lavoe
Courtesy of Fania Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

the best bio-pic I've ever seen
14 December 2001 | by (NYC / Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Benjamin Bratt shows great courage playing Puerto Rican poet Miguel Piñero with all the dark aspects of his character but managed to convince me with his brighter side as well. The movie is itself a piece of art, almost a poem, following the life of Piñero at New York's Lower East Side during the seventies and eighties. Piñero's poetry and writing made him famous - his plays were commercially successful and he wrote and acted for "Miami Vice" - and was essential for the rise of the "Nuyorican" culture. The cast is fabulous all the way, especially Giancarlo Esposito and Rita Moreno come across as tremendously warm hearted best friend and mother who won't give up on Miguel despite his difficult personality and way of life. The film was entirely shot in digital video, giving it a street style appearance and a great touch of reality. The time structure is challenging and the use of both black&white and color make it a visual treat. A MUST SEE and my favorite for next year's best actor academy award.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is nobody as moved as I am? pjlazic
The real Sugar? vada-sultenfuss
Confusing the first time around scarthejack
103 Minutes? rhyl_donnelly
Discuss Piñero (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: