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Savage Roses (2002)

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A street-wise Latina is torn between her Bronx gang and the woman she loves.







Credited cast:
Toro (as Misha Gonzales)
Tania Galarza ...
Tella Storey ...
Diavanna Zarzuela ...
Antonio Tomahawk ...
Max Goldberg ...
Jewish Man
Jaime Velez ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milagros Cepeda ...
Aunt Ana
Taryn Devito ...
Sleazy girl
Edward Matos ...
David Perez ...
Carissa Rosado ...
Lourdes (as Carissa Faith Rosado)
Brendan Rothman Hicks ...
White Boy


Tough, gritty, and sensually enthralling, this cinematic slice of urban gang life explores the oft over-looked world of young, street-smart Latinas. Toro, a tough lesbian gang member, acclimates well to the group as they rob, steal, and hustle. The gang is strong--both sexually and physically--holding sacred both loyalty and the money it takes to survive. Despite the closeness of her gang and sisters, Toro feels isolated. Secrets from her past keep true friendships at bay and harden her already tough exterior. Yet Toro soon meets Michelle, a young mother who moves in with her abusive and cheating boyfriend, residing near where Toro spends time both keeping an eye on the neighborhood and trying to work through her anger. After discovering Michelle bruised and battered, Toro crosses the line of friendship by protecting and defending Michelle--accelerating the relationship beyond mere friendship. Yet their evolving relationship jeopardizes both their safety as the gang's suspicion is ... Written by Johnny LaGuardia

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Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality including dialogue, language, drug content and some violence


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Release Date:

5 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Locas 4 Life  »

Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Based on the play Las Rosas Salvaje, also written by Joshua Nelson. Play opened off-off Broadway in New York City at The Flatiron Playhouse in August of 2001. See more »


Maribel: Hey Yo, you call the police, I'm gonna come back here and burn this place to the ground. Then I'll shoot you and your ugly-ass wife...Thanks for the cigarettes though.
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The character of Toro's Cat played by Diva Nelson is indeed Writer Joshua Nelson's beautiful cat DIVA. See more »

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Absolutely Horrible. I want my $3 back.
31 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Needless to say, I sat through the entire movie, hoping for some kind of payoff in the end. It never came. I was bored before I got through the first 15 minutes. I actually feel ripped off for paying the $3 to see it I can't say enough at how bad the acting is. Not one person in this movie stood out as an actor or actress worth my time. Tania Galarza was supposed to be the lead female, or, well, the lead feminine female. The whole movie was pretty much cast as female. If a male showed up, he was a stereotyped male pig or a weak male which the girlie gangsters could easily rough up, and I use that term loosely. Anyhow, Tania was supposed to be the beautiful woman with whom the lead male, in this case Misha Gonzales, would fall for. Tania could not even convince me that she was just a normal girl. That's how bad her acting was. And don't get me started on the even worse Misha.

One last complaint... It seemed as this movie was made for some kind of a school project or something. I doubt anyone got paid and all the scenery shots were re-used over and over and over. I got tired of seeing the same train tracks with the same train rolling by at the exact same time. If there's one thing this movie lacked, it's professionalism. That's it for me. I've wasted enough time on this already.

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