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Release Date:
12 April 2002 (Brazil) See more »
"Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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His essence was beyond his worldly capabilities and he suffered for it. See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order)

Benjamin Bratt ... Miguel Piñero

Giancarlo Esposito ... Miguel Algarin

Talisa Soto ... Sugar

Nelson Vasquez ... Tito Goya

Michael Wright ... Edgar Bowser

Michael Irby ... Reinaldo Povod

Rita Moreno ... Miguel's Mother
Jaime Sánchez ... Miguel's Father (as Jamier Sanchez)
Rome Neal ... Jake

Mandy Patinkin ... Joseph Papp
Oscar A. Colon ... Bodega Man (as Oscar Colon)
Miriam Cruz ... Bodega Woman
Luis Caballero ... Shooting Gallery Man
Sophia Domoulin ... Shooting Gallery Woman

Robert Klein ... Doctor
Gilbert Callazo ... Miguel, as teen

Samuel Bruce Campbell ... Short Eyes Cop
Lorraine Velez ... Tutu (as Loraine Velez)
Eric Nieves ... Nuyorican

Antonia Rey ... Senora

Griffin Dunne ... Agent
Lisa Rhoden ... P.A. Woman

Valentina Quinn ... Interviewer
Al D. Rodriguez ... Cuqui

Bruno Iannone ... Port Authority Cop

Fisher Stevens ... Public Theatre Cashier

Jack O'Connell ... Chauffeur

Ray Santiago ... Willie
Charles Santy ... Lincoln

Vanessa Del Sol ... Heist Woman

Jaime Tirelli ... Marty

O.L. Duke ... Paul

Ed Vassallo ... Tito Arrest Cop (as Edward Vassallo)

Amanda KC ... Barrio Bar Woman

Bill Boggs ... Lennon Anchorman

Mateo Gómez ... Auditorium man (as Mateo Gomez)
Tony Vazzo ... Auditorium Man 2

Charles Sammarco ... Strange Shower Guy
Lydia Trueheart ... Woman with Baby

John Ortiz ... Gang Member (as John Ortiz)
Panchito Gómez ... Acting Inmate (as Panchito Gomez)
Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Pedro Pietri ... Himself
Jamal Joseph ... Himself
Miguel Algarín ... Himself (as Miguel Algarin)

Tara Wilson ... Tito's Girlfriend
Joanne Newborn ... Fur Woman #1
Francine Berman ... Fur Woman #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Vincent Bobb ... Higher Up Employee
Michael Philip Del Rio ... Angry Father (scenes deleted)

Diana Hernandez ... Waitress

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Vincent Bagnall ... Restaurant patron (uncredited)

Will Fonseca ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Don Johnson ... Detective Sonny Crocket (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ruhollah Khomeyni ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Marley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Casper Martinez ... Bar patron (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Antone Pagán ... Marvin Felix 'Pancho' Camillo (uncredited)

Sean Simms ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)

Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marty Vaz ... Rikers Island Corrections Officer (uncredited)
Adrian Wattenmaker ... French Filmmaker (uncredited)
Marc Yarrish ... Principle Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Leon Ichaso 
Writing credits
Leon Ichaso (written by)

Produced by
Kathy DeMarco .... co-executive producer (as Kathy Demarco)
Jamie Gordon .... co-producer
Caroline Jaczko .... line producer
John Leguizamo .... co-executive producer
John Penotti .... producer
Lisa Rhoden .... associate producer
Fisher Stevens .... producer
Glen Trotiner .... associate producer
Tim Williams .... producer
Bradley Yonover .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kip Hanrahan 
Cinematography by
Claudio Chea (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Tedeschi 
Casting by
Ellyn Long Marshall 
Maria E. Nelson 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
Art Direction by
Timothy Whidbee 
Set Decoration by
Susan Ogu 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
Makeup Department
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist
Renee Didio .... assistant makeup artist
Evelyne Noraz .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Miles Ferguson .... post-production supervisor
Sean Garrett Fogel .... production supervisor
Ines Mongil-Echandi .... production manager
Glen Trotiner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... scenic artist
Aurora Cedeno .... puerto rico unit
Duke Scoppa .... property master
Ezo Wippler .... graffiti/mural artist
Sound Department
Ethan Beigel .... foley mixer
Andrew Edelman .... sound
Brian Fish .... sound utility
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... adr editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... dialogue editor
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor
Paul Vasquez .... adr recordist
Phillip Fuller .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Victor Barroso .... visual effects
Michael Ventresco .... title designer: Redscare Inc. (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Don Hewitt .... stunt safety
David Shumbris .... stunt double: Benjamin Bratt
Manny Siverio .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nalini Alfonseca .... grip
Renzo Spirit Buffalo .... assistant camera
James Casey .... third electrician
Jesse Cummings .... video engineer
Eric Gearity .... key grip
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Tim Glascoff .... best boy grip
Larry Huston .... camera operator: "a" camera
Lou Massa .... company grip
Paul Niccolls .... electrician
Nate Ranger .... assistant camera
Rob Salviotti .... first assistant camera
Perry Unjang .... additional electrician
Cliff Weisner .... gaffer
John Woods .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Alexia de Boynes .... casting assistant
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sukari McGill .... set costumer
David F. Zambrana .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
David Penotti .... post-production assistant
Paul Zucker .... assistant editor
Location Management
Charlynne J. Hopson .... location manager
Dan Lundy .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Michael Jay .... music editor
Michael Carey Schneider .... source music coordinator
Kenny Vance .... music supervisor
Ken Weiss .... music supervisor
Other crew
Lucio Amadio .... assistant to producer
Bob Barress .... production assistant
Jesus A. Del Rosario Jr. .... stand-in
Laura H. Kreft .... key accountant
Scott Lazar .... production assistant
Andrew Marcus .... assistant to producer (as Andrew B. Marcus)
Seth William Meier .... production assistant
Eddie Micallef .... key production assistant
Julia Morgan .... production assistant
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Jorge Pupo .... adr group supervisor
Vivian Rebella .... production assistant
Miguel Algarín .... the producers wish to thank (as Miguel Algarin)
Edgar Bowser .... to the memory of (as Edgar)
Neal Gantcher .... the producers wish to thank
Tito Goya .... to the memory of (as Tito)
Don Johnson .... the producers wish to thank
Bill Nisselson .... the producers wish to thank
David Nochimson .... the producers wish to thank
Yoko Ono .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Papp .... to the memory of (as Joe Papp)
Miguel Pinero .... to the memory of (as Miguel)
Reinaldo Povod .... to the memory of (as Reinaldo)
Jorge Pupo .... the producers wish to thank
Philip Michael Thomas .... the producers wish to thank
Bart Walker .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated R for drug use, strong language and sexuality
103 min | Canada:94 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 floating butterflys around my head when I walk down Avenue B., you know.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
His essence was beyond his worldly capabilities and he suffered for it., 2 June 2004
Author: pj lazic from Toronto

I think Pinero (the film) is a credit to the filmmaker and a testament to Pinero himself. I did not know of him before I saw the film but was quickly drawn in to the world of a man suffering from the collective guilt of humanity. He is depicted as being every kind of being one could be, most importantly a truthful one. From this I believe he died. Not from drug use but by using himself as an example, with the results being painful enough for him to go to drugs in the first place. He had extreme vision and let people see it through sincere eyes, the trademark of a great artist. I see some reviews where people think the film goes off in all directions without covering the heart of who Pinero was. To this I do not agree. I think the film leaves a lot to the imagination while covering his vast personality (an excellent technique to keep the audience thinking). A mix between who he was, and what he wanted. Perfect for someone to be introduced to for the first time. Which is what I think Leon Ichase was trying to do, introduce Pinero to me. Thanks Leon. One of my favorite and most inspirational films.

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