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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Crisostomo (as Alexa Vega)
Sal Castro
Panfilo Crisostomo
Bobby Verdugo
Principal Ingles (as Holmes Osbourne)
Mr. Peck
Vickie Castro
Moctesuma Esparza
Yoli Rios (as Veronica A. Diaz)
Robert Avila
Fernie Flores
Carlos Montes
David Sanchez


Based on a true story, student activist and Mexican-American Paula Crisostomo (Vega), tired of being treated unequally, decides to take action and stage a walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968, to protest educational conditions and complain of anti-Mexican educational bias along with some 10,000 students. Paula Crisostomo (now Romo) is not Mexican- American--she is Filipina-American. She and her husband, then boyfriend were roommates of mine in college. We are very good friends and I see her often. Written by Norma Schaffer

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18 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csakazértis csikánó!  »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Principal Ingles' name is merely the Spanish word for English. See more »


In the scene where Robert drops off Paula at her home, Al is wearing a yellow shirt. In the next scene, inside the house, Al's shirt is blue. See more »


Paula Crisostomo: It's like the Montgomery bus boycott!
[chatter amongst the group]
Paula Crisostomo: It's like Montgomery! You know Dr. King got everybody to boycott buses, right?
Vickie Castro: Yeah! And sessions and boycotting - great!
Tanya Mount: But this about schools, okay?
Paula Crisostomo: So, let's boycott!
David Sanchez: The schools?
Paula Crisostomo: Why not?
Harry Gamboa: That's completely different!
Paula Crisostomo: No, it's not! It's exactly the same. We get treated like second class citizens!
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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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Powerful movie
3 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very moved by this film, it was well done, the music fit, the cast was perfect, the story was quite easy to follow, and my kids ages, 11, 7, and 6 have watched this movie at least 7 or 8 times. Each time they watch it we have a discussion. They understand that what happened in 1968 was a life changing experience for Chicanos everywhere. They stood up for their rights in a positive, honest, peaceful way, and for legitimate reasons. They understand with the walkouts that are happening in today's society are more for getting out of school and not for rights at school. My 11-year-old daughter asks why the kids at school are using this movie and saying that it has inspired them to walkout when the issues are completely different. And when kids are asked why they are walking out they really don't know. Back in 1968 all the kids new why they were walking out and were educating themselves. My 6 and 7 year old both have said that they hope that the walkouts happening now don't get kids hurt like in the movie.

I appreciate HBO showing Chicano history and hope that there are more movies to inspire and educate myself and my children of our chicano heritage. Thank you Moctezuma Esparza, and all the people involved in this movie. THANK YOU and my God Bless you.

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