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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 <>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Benjamin Bratt met future wife Talisa Soto while working together in this film. The two then married in April of 2002. 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 Kojak (1973) See more »


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Written by Clarence O. Paul
Published by Jobete Music Co., Inc. (BMI)
Performed by The Blendells
Courtesy of Jay Warner/BMPG, Inc. and Rampart Records
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A great story, a great performance, an average movie.
17 January 2006 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

They'd do well to replace the words 'Director's Cut' with 'Director's Slice'. I was fascinated by Miguel Piñero's life, inspired by his poems, and blown away by Benjamin Bratt's performance, but the director and editor conspired to mug an otherwise good movie.

Put simply, Leon Ichaso tried to use an "edgy" style to mimic Piñero's edgy life and it's agonizing to watch. I've come to accept the conceit of the fractured narrative, but I just can't stomach the unending jump-cuts, unnecessary camera refocusing, and worst of all the switches between professional-looking color film and the sort of push-button, digital, black & white that I associate with low-budget TV shows. If any of this was innovative I'd accept it as the director's prerogative, but even in 2001 it wasn't the least bit innovative.

As I said it is a good story and Bratt exceeded my expectations by a power of ten. I actually recommend 'Piñero' strongly, it's an enjoyable and worthwhile film that deserves to be seen. I just wonder what it could have been if MTV's shadow wasn't looming over it.

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