Piñero (2001)

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"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 »



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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>

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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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 ...
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References Short Eyes (1977) See more »


Written by David Forman and Johnny Gale
Published by Stompanato Music (BMI) and Fools Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Little Isidore and The Inquisitors
Produced and Arranged by Johnny Gale
Courtesy of Hy-Sam Records
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my top five movies of the year
10 December 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Pinero definitely makes it to my top five movies of the year 2001. It's one of the best movies I have seen. I completely dived into the story of this multifaceted artist who lived his live with drugs and poems, success and the streets of the Lower East Side.

Benjamin Bratt gives an astonishing performance - far off the "nice" characters he used to play. I completely bought into him being Pinero. I did not for one second think about him as Benjamin Bratt - he is Pinero with all his might.

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