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La mission -- A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) 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.

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Director:
Writer:
Peter Bratt (written by)
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Tagline:
...from the thorn emerges the flower
Plot:
Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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(64 articles)
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Uncompromising and Realistic Portrait of Latino Life in San Francisco See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Benjamin Bratt ... Che Rivera
Alex Hernandez ... Smoke

Christopher Borgzinner ... Nacho

Jeremy Ray Valdez ... Jes Rivera
Cesar Gomez ... Gummy Bear
Neo Veavea ... Kenny
Cathleen Riddley ... Shell

Martin Cantu ... Store Owner
Xochiti Guzman ... Fine Mission Mamacita

Talisa Soto ... Ana (as Talisa Soto Bratt)

Jesse Borrego ... Rene

Tina Huang ... Dr. Chang
Max Rosenak ... Jordan
Ramon Ovando ... Little Man
Anthony Santana ... Young Jessie

Tatiana Maricely ... Nadine (as Tatiana Rivas)

Erika Alexander ... Lena
Leonardo Medrano ... Mr. Gonzalez

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Dee
Melvina Jones ... Regina
Rene Quinones ... Esteban

Rubén C. González ... Benny
Edwin Brown ... Virgil (as Edwin 'Hayna' Brown)

Patrick Shining Elk ... Gary (as Patrick D. Shining Elk)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Anthony Carlisi ... Iraq War Vet.
Shari Carlson ... Mom
Carlos Contreras ... Gummy Bears Homie #1

Yeena Fisher
Estaire Godinez ... Mother in Mourning

Joe Hakik ... (credit only)

Jan Haley ... Triage Nurse
John Lennon Harrison ... Car Passenger
Frederick Keith Johnson ... Bus Passenger
Kamasu J. Livingston ... Exotic Dancer

Isa Magomedov ... Russian MD

Ed Moy ... Bus Passenger
Erik Ortman ... Bus Passenger

Anya Prinz ... Nurse #1
Hence Singleton ... Guy in bar
Marcus D. Spencer ... Shackled Patient (as Big Spence)
LeRoid David ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Skip Emerson ... Upscale Diner (uncredited)

Patrick Engler ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Christopher Greene ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Katrina-Jovan Howard ... Graduating Senior (uncredited)
Jayson Johnson ... Bar Extra (uncredited)
Mark Lavell ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Donald Lett II ... Brown Cop (uncredited)

Justin Malachi ... Dancer (uncredited)

Lourdes Nadres ... Doctor (uncredited)
Moira Noiseux ... Bus Rider (uncredited)

Keith Shawn ... Doctor (uncredited)
Amron Paul Yuwono ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Bratt 
 
Writing credits
Peter Bratt (written by)

Produced by
Charlene Blanco Agabao .... associate producer: 5 Stick Films
John Amaechi .... consulting producer
Benjamin Bratt .... producer
Peter Bratt .... producer
Debbie Brubaker .... co-producer
Debbie Brubaker .... line producer
Gino Caputi .... associate producer
Dan Nelson .... executive producer
Alpita Patel .... producer
Tom Steyer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
 
Cinematography by
Hiro Narita 
 
Film Editing by
Stan Webb 
 
Casting by
Sarah Kliban 
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Keith Neely 
 
Art Direction by
Garrett Lowe 
 
Set Decoration by
Kris Boxell 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers  (as Aggie Rodgers)
 
Makeup Department
Aurora Bergere .... assistant makeup artist
Fernando Fuentes .... tattoo designs
Wesley Hodge .... assistant hair stylist
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... key makeup artist
Yvette Rivas .... key hair stylist
Rick Stratton .... tattoos
 
Production Management
Chris Martin .... unit production manager
Stan Webb .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Benson .... first assistant director
Antonio Graña .... second assistant director (as Antonio Grana)
 
Art Department
Charlene Blanco Agabao .... art department coordinator
Stewart Allen .... set dresser (as Stewart Allen)
Stewart Allen .... set dressing swing (as Stewart Allen)
Gertrude East .... painter
Christopher J. Ewing .... art department production assistant
John Hays .... storyboard artist
Jessica M. Lapin .... on-set dresser
Jessica M. Lapin .... set dresser
John Lister .... set dresser
John Lister .... swing
Cindy Mah .... assistant property master
Doni McMillan .... property master
Karen Sorum .... scenic painter
Mark Warren .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Christopher Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Dettor .... boom operator
Bob Edwards .... sound designer
Bob Edwards .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Edwards .... supervising sound editor
Sean England .... adr recordist
Sean England .... foley recordist
Bob Gitzen .... sound mixer
Scott R. Lewis .... recordist
Scott R. Lewis .... sound recordist
Zach Martin .... sound mix technician
Stuart McCowan .... adr editor
Stuart McCowan .... dialogue editor
Stuart McCowan .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Scolari .... assistant supervising sound editor
Daniel Scolari .... sound editor
Daniel Scolari .... sound effects editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Bailey .... digital compositor (as Kevin N. Bailey)
 
Stunts
Tony Vella .... stunt coordinator (as Tony R. Vella)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Best .... key grip
Gerardo Cabrera .... grip
Sydney Freeland .... camera intern
Nicholas Goehner .... camera intern
Bryan Hornbeck .... electrician
James Kumarelas .... best boy electric
Ernie Kunze .... lighting technician
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera
Darrell M. Lee .... additional grip
David Lezynski .... video engineer
Paul Marbury .... first assistant camera
Billy D. Marchese .... additional camerawork
David Moir .... still photographer
David Mong .... best boy grip
Oskar Ness .... gaffer
Jason Michael Noel .... grip
Johnny Radzik .... Steadicam operator
Johnny Radzik .... additional photography
Johnny Radzik .... camera operator: "a" camera
Pat Riley .... additional first assistant camera
Jerremy Stewart .... grip
Paciano Triunfo .... dolly grip
Billy D. Marchese .... additional photography (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Holly Dorff .... adr voice casting
John Endrina .... casting assistant
John Endrina .... extras casting assistant
Sarah Kliban .... casting: San Francisco
Yesi Ramirez .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Feil .... assistant costume designer
Judy Feil .... key costumer
Chris Proctor .... costumer
Chris Proctor .... set costumer
Deirdre Scully .... costumer
Deirdre Scully .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Bailey .... first assistant editor (as Kevin N. Bailey)
Isaac Camner .... apprentice editor
Tupac Saavedra .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Estaire Godinez .... singer
Greg Landau .... music supervisor
Matt Shelton .... music editor
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Brooke Wentz .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Bundy Chanock .... transportation
Glenn Mack .... transportation captain
Glenn Mack .... transportation coordinator
David D.B. Wilson .... driver: honeywagon
 
Other crew
Michael Allen .... production assistant
Jimmie Armentrout .... production intern
Arusha Baker .... production assistant
John Bennett .... production intern
Jason Black .... location manager
Dana Bonilla .... key set production assistant
Richard J. Bosner .... production coordinator
Danielle Bárcena .... intern
Chirae Cannon .... production intern
Virada Chatikul .... location intern
Sophie Cooper .... production assistant
Alana Crow .... business and legal affairs
Kyle Darden .... production assistant
Scott Drapeau .... production intern
Bolthar Garcia .... production assistant
Aurora Guerrero .... assistant to director
Kristian Hansen .... key location assistant
Kristian Hansen .... location assistant
Johnny Hernandez .... community outreach liason
Justine Kaltenbach .... accounting assistant
Margie Levers .... production accountant
Peter Moody .... key assistant location manager
Tyler Morales .... production intern
Zefania Preza .... location assistant
Michael P. Reid .... production intern
Virginia Saenz McCarthy .... script supervisor
Hassan Said .... production assistant
Molly Salz .... assistant production coordinator
Lauren Selman .... environmental consultant
Lee Sumners .... production intern
Brian Vowell .... stand-in
Jessica Lee Wright .... production assistant (as Jessica Wright)
Ami Zins .... film commissioner
 
Thanks
Rory Enke .... special thanks
Douglas Philips .... special thanks
Alan Renshaw .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content
Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
USA:R (certificate #45942)

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Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References The Godfather (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Be Thankful for What You GotSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Uncompromising and Realistic Portrait of Latino Life in San Francisco, 15 August 2010
Author: martys-7 from United States

This underrated movie provides an insider's view of the colorful San Francisco's neighborhood known as the "Mission" - a predominantly Latino enclave in San Francisco. Inspired by real characters, it does not present the usual clichés of the ethnic minority drama by avoiding the romanticizing of this environment; it skews the typical down home ethnic wisdom favored by liberal Hollywood and does not become another histrionic sordid ghetto thriller/soap opera.

Supported by an excellent cast, Benjamin Bratt gives an astonishing performance as an intolerant bus driver, a single father who cannot accept his adolescent only son's homosexuality despite the love and pride he feels for him. The violent machismo that have shaped his life is perpetuated by the next generation of disenfranchised youth who prey La Mission.

The neighborhood is presented as an insular world almost anachronistic in 21st century San Francisco. Working class middle age men turn old cars into souped-up low-riding monsters and make fun of soy lattes and recycling, feathered Aztec dancers fill the streets with color and sound as neighbors try to maintain a sense of heritage with their indigenous past, families place flowers and pray where their children have been slain.

The movie transcends its family drama genre allowing the story to evolve at its own pace with a feeling of authenticity and honesty prevailing in every scene. Without providing easy solutions, it centers on a character whose contradictions reflect the world he inhabits. Highly recommended.

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