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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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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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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In a time when Hollywood's creations are lagging, Pinero is a refreshing change.
25 February 2002 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Pinero is, to put it quite simply, a brilliant film. The representation of the poet's tortured life by Leon Ichaso is nothing short of breath-taking. The disjointed chronology, the flashbacks, the constant juxtaposition of black and white and color film make this film really bring out the essence of the Pinero's life. Bratt does an excellent job of imitating the man, right down the New Yorkan accent, and I must say I'm a little disappointed that this film, and Bratt specifically, were not recognized more in the recent nominations. The "Search for a Cause" scene on the rooftop is one of the film's best, and really encapsulates the attitude and the general ambiance of the film. In a time when Hollywood's creations are lagging in creativity and spirit, this is a refreshing change. Thank you Ichaso, Bratt, and especially Miguel Pinero.

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