Down 675 this week

Manito (2002)

 -  Drama | Family  -  15 January 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 477 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 20 user | 28 critic | 19 from

Fifteen years ago, their Washington Heights neighborhood was dubbed the crack-cocaine capital of the world, but today it is transforming into one of the most vibrant, Spanish-speaking ... See full summary »



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10 titles
created 01 Mar 2012
a list of 10000 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
a list of 668 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 1271 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 335 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Manito" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Manito (2002)

Manito (2002) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Manito.
8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Moreno
Leo Minaya ...
Manny Moreno
Manuel Cabral ...
Oscar Moreno (as Manuel Jesus Cabral)
Jessica Morales ...
Julissa Lopez ...
Miriam Moreno
Panchito Gómez ...
Lavidania Ramirez ...
Anita (Oscar's Wife)
Lou Torres ...
Edwin De Leon ...
Roberto (as Edwin Morel DeLeon)
Jeff Knite ...
Ignacio (as Jeff Asencio)
Jay Dog ...
Mugger #1
Gilly Delgado ...
Mugger #2


Fifteen years ago, their Washington Heights neighborhood was dubbed the crack-cocaine capital of the world, but today it is transforming into one of the most vibrant, Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. While the drug dealers continue to disappear, their violent legacy still casts a shadow over the neighborhood and its residents. Junior, an ex-convict struggling to get his life back on track, is a product of this legacy. His younger brother Manny, the salutatorian of his high school class, embodies the hope of the future. On the night of his graduation party, Manny finds himself faced with an ill-fated decision that could change his life forever. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Family


See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 January 2002 (USA)  »

Box Office


$24,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »


Chillando Goma
Composed by R. Vargas, W. Rosa
Published by Dose Rocks Music & Rayana Music
Administered by Cutting Records Music & BMG Songs, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent for what it is
18 August 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Manito" tells of urban life in a NYC Puerto Rican hood as it follows a buff ex-con, Junior (Franky G), and his little bro, Manny (Minaya), as Manny graduates High School only to see his dreams for the future derailed. You'll find little story in this open-ended slice-of-life-in-da-hood flick which is quick to get down and dirty with family issues and personal problems. What story is in this short 78 minute flick is nothing we haven't seen before but it is very well done, especially for an indie. With kudos from all corners, "Manito" may not be for the public at large but it's grit and realism, good jiggle cam work, ethnic music, and convincing performances make it a rock solid little movie. Recommended for anyone into indie "street" flicks. Mostly English with subs for the Spanish and no CC's. (B)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
on dvd? marielana82
Dogme 95? ryanbruch
amazing flylikeazeppelin
An Inspiration for filmmakers everywhere Network1976
Discuss Manito (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: