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La mission (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 January 2009 (USA)
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A single-parent ex-con in a tough, minority neighborhood finds his personal values challenged when he discovers his son is gay.

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Smoke
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Nacho (as Chris Borgzinner)
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Jes Rivera
Cesar Gomez ...
Gummy Bear
Neo Veavea ...
Kenny
Cathleen Riddley ...
Shell
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Store Owner
Xochiti Guzman ...
Fine Mission Mamacita
Marco Serralta ...
Chuy (as Marcos Serralta)
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Ana (as Talisa Soto Bratt)
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Max Rosenak ...
Jordan
Ramon Ovando ...
Little Man
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Nadine (as Tatiana Rivas)
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Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Written by Global Cinema

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...from the thorn emerges the flower

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content

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Mission Street Rhapsody  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Talisa Soto who plays Ana and Benjamin Bratt who plays Che are married in real life. They met on the set of Blood In Blood where Rene played by Jesse Borrego stars alongside Benjamin Bratt. See more »

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In several of the "Cruising" scenes, the Thermador Cooler on Che's vintage car disappear and reappear several times throughout the scenes. When they show close-ups of the passenger side window, the Thermador Cooler (the tube device on top of the passenger side door) is gone, while in most of the long shots, it is back. In one close-up you can actually see the wear marks of where the cooler sits on top of the door frame where they took it off for the close up. See more »

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Lena: You know, Jes, your father thinks the world of you.
Jes Rivera: Can't even look at me.
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Ncana Dai
Written and performed by Ze Manel
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La Mission
19 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic film.

Benjamin Bratt gives his heart and soul in this performance as Che Riveria and Erika Alexander is stunning as Lena.

This film is rich with the colors, energy and music of the Mission district of San Francisco.

Writer/director Peter Bratt lets us into the world of a man defined by his culture. A culture that gives him a second chance at life and rewards masculinity and strength will also prove to be his downfall.

This father/son story is heartfelt. Che Riveria is a tough man but will need to dig deep to find the courage needed to prove he is worthy in the eyes of his son.


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