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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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Writer:
Peter Bratt (written by)
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Tagline:
...from the thorn emerges the flower
Plot:
A single-parent ex-con in a tough, minority neighborhood finds his personal values challenged when he discovers his son is gay. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
LA MISSION = mission accomplished (for real) See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Benjamin Bratt ... Che Rivera

Alex Hernandez ... Smoke
Christopher Borgzinner ... Nacho (as Chris Borgzinner)

Jeremy Ray Valdez ... Jes Rivera
Cesar Gomez ... Gummy Bear
Neo Veavea ... Kenny
Cathleen Riddley ... Shell
Martin Cantu ... Store Owner
Xochiti Guzman ... Fine Mission Mamacita
Marco Serralta ... Chuy (as Marcos Serralta)

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

Jesse Borrego ... Rene

Max Rosenak ... Jordan
Ramon Ovando ... Little Man

Tatiana Maricely ... Nadine (as Tatiana Rivas)

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

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Dee
Melvina Jones ... Regina
Rene Quinones ... Esteban (as René A. Quiñonez)

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

Patrick Shining Elk ... Gary (as Patrick D. Shining Elk)
Chris Vick ... Pretty Boy with Camera
Mayra Ramirez ... Ruca with Attitude
Louis Ramirez ... Rene Jr.
Tonantzin Borrego ... Maya
Gustavo 'Gus' Gonzalez ... Primo
Dana Wing Lau ... Gummy Bear's Girlfriend (as Dana Lau)
Bobby Martinez Jr. ... Man wih Cross
Eugenio Espinoza ... Mariachi
Eduardo Garcia ... Mariachi
Roberto Garcia ... Mariachi
Serafin Bucio ... Mariachi
Carmelita Blanco Bumanglag ... Smiling Bystander
Emmanuel Bumanglag ... Smiling Bystander
David Rivera ... O.G. Bystander #1
Ché Shul ... O.G. Bystander #2
Julio 'Goldtoes' Sanchez ... O.G. Bystander #3
Jorge Molina ... Flower Vendor
Maria Candelaria ... Claudia
Robert Weinapple ... White Cop
Anya Prinz ... Nurse #1
Elaine Clark ... Nurse #2

Shari Carlson ... Jordan's Mom
Ja'mell Fairley ... Graduation Singer
Louie Gutierrez ... Aztec Dancer
Xochiquetzali Peña Rivera ... Aztec Dancer
Jose Hernandez ... Aztec Dancer
Connie Rivera ... Aztec Dancer
Moises Mejía ... Aztec Dancer (as Moises Mejia)
Anna Rivero ... Aztec Dancer
Celia Monge Mana ... Aztec Dancer
Carlos Ruiz-Martinez ... Aztec Dancer
Ricardo Peña ... Aztec Dancer
Robàn San Miguel ... Aztec Dancer
Maya Ponce ... Aztec Dancer
Maria 'Xabela' Sànchez ... Aztec Dancer
Guadalupe Avila ... Aztec Dancer
Macuilxochitl 'Bernarda' Cruz Chavez ... Aztec Dancer
Lorenzo Barrera Cruz ... Aztec Dancer
Bismarck Delgado ... Aztec Dancer
Cindy Dominquez ... Aztec Dancer
Roberto Ariel Vargas ... Aztec Dancer
Raul Martinez ... Mourner

Arturo Gil ... Mourner
Candelaria Villegas ... Mourner
Annabell R. Gonzales ... Mourner
Moisés Martínez ... Mourner (as Moises Martinez)
Florencia Carcagno ... Mourner
Johnny Hernandez ... Mourner
Nadia Nazir ... Mourner
Susana Majano ... Mourner
Concha Saucedo ... Mourner
Victor Ballestros ... Mourner
Daniel Hernandez ... Mourner
Zefania Preza ... Mourner
Oscar Osorio ... Mourner
Jose Alvarez ... Mourner
Estaire Godinez ... Mother in Mourning
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rueben Gonzáles ... Benny
Sarah Katsuleres ... High School Student
Tom Anger ... Guy in Club (uncredited)
Michael Anthony Carlisi ... Iraq War Vet (uncredited)
Carlos Contreras ... Gummy Bears Homie #1 (uncredited)
LeRoid David ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Skip Emerson ... Upscale Diner (uncredited)
Patrick Engler ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Yeena Fisher ... (uncredited)

Christopher Greene ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Jan Haley ... Triage Nurse (uncredited)

John Lennon Harrison ... Car Passenger (uncredited)
Katrina-Jovan Howard ... Graduating Senior (uncredited)

Tina Huang ... Dr. Chang (uncredited)
Frederick Keith Johnson ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Jayson Johnson ... Bar Extra (uncredited)
Mark Lavell ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Donald Lett II ... Brown Cop (uncredited)
Kamasu J. Livingston ... Exotic Dancer (uncredited)
Isa Magomedov ... Russian MD (uncredited)

Justin Malachi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ed Moy ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Lourdes Nadres ... Doctor (uncredited)
Moira Noiseux ... Bus Rider (uncredited)
Erik Ortman ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Anthony Santana ... Young Jessie (uncredited)

Keith Shawn ... Doctor (uncredited)
Hence Singleton ... Guy in bar (uncredited)
Marcus D. Spencer ... Shackled Patient (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
Marco Alicea .... digital transfer
Christopher Barnett .... dialog premix (as Christopher D. Barnett)
Scott Brewer .... video and projection services
Tim Burby .... digital editorial services
John Countryman .... digital transfer
Brian Dettor .... boom operator
Edwin Dunkley .... video and projection services (as Ed Dunkley)
Bob Edwards .... re-recording mixer
Bob Edwards .... sound designer
Bob Edwards .... supervising sound editor
Sean England .... adr recordist
Sean England .... foley and adr recordist
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Ivan Fritz .... digital editorial services
Bob Gitzen .... sound mixer
Jonathan Greber .... digital transfer
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Scott R. Lewis .... recordist
Scott R. Lewis .... sound recordist
Zach Martin .... mix technician
Alan Mays .... video and projection services
Stuart McCowan .... adr editor
Stuart McCowan .... dialogue editor
Stuart McCowan .... supervising sound editor
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Gordon Ng .... client services
Eva Porter .... client services
Frank Rinella .... foley and adr mixer
Renee Russo .... post production sound accountant (as Renée Russo)
Daniel Scolari .... sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Torrijos .... video and projection services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Christopher Barnett .... dialog: editor (uncredited)
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Zach Martin .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Daniel Scolari .... assistant supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Bailey .... digital compositor (as Kevin N. Bailey)
 
Stunts
Greg Sloan .... stunt driver
Tony Vella .... stunt coordinator
 
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
 
Location Management
Jason Black .... location manager
Virada Chatikul .... location intern
Kristian Hansen .... key location assistant
Kristian Hansen .... location assistant
Peter Moody .... key assistant location manager
Zefania Preza .... location assistant
 
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
Dana Bonilla .... key set production assistant
Richard J. Bosner .... production coordinator
Danielle Bárcena .... intern
Chirae Cannon .... production intern
Sophie Cooper .... production assistant
Alana Crow .... business and legal affairs
Kyle Darden .... production assistant
Scott Drapeau .... production intern
Bolthar Garcia .... production assistant
Sergio Gonzalez .... stand-in: Mr. Valdez
Aurora Guerrero .... assistant to director
Joe Hakik .... stand-in: Mr. Bratt
Johnny Hernandez .... community outreach liason
Justine Kaltenbach .... accounting assistant
Margie Levers .... production accountant
Tyler Morales .... production intern
Nkechi .... stand-in: Ms. Alexander
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Would be Talisa Soto's first acting role in 7 years since her role in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002). It would also be her last current acting role in her career (not counting an uncredited cameo in Elysium (2013) as Tisha).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the opening scene, Che is shown putting the poles of a trolleybus onto electric wires above. When the bus pulls up to the bus stop, Che is driving one of Muni's Hybrid/electric buses, which runs on its own power and does not have trolley poles.See more »
Quotes:
Che Rivera:You know what you are?
Lena:I do, actually, but if I ever need a second opinion, I'll be sure to ask.
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Soundtrack:
Ncana DaiSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
LA MISSION = mission accomplished (for real), 22 April 2010
Author: rroberto18 from United States

Even in L.A., this powerful film about Latino family culture only ran in a handful of theaters for a fewer number of weeks. Well worth looking for, LA MISSION is one of the most powerful and rewarding films I've seen in years.

Every actor, from unknown to under-rated, is perfectly cast and directed. Leading man Benjamin Bratt is given solid dialog, but in a major scene in which he has no words, his body and soul communicate all that needs to be said and more. The carefully chosen locations and intricately-detailed set design are reasons enough to shut your cell phone off and let it command your undivided attention.

Even the soundtrack which could have gone down a well-traveled "low rider" route takes you to unexpected places -- from indigenous Aztec folk music to India raga; from the 60s to the present. Both the original and adapted musical choices are just as involving as the script and plot. Yet it's not available on a soundtrack CD as of this writing.

Don't want to say more, because the film is best seen "cold" with little inside knowledge. But you will leave the theater (or your home screen) wondering why this well-crafted labor of love is such a well- kept secret.

Woefully overlooked despite solid reviews, it's 2 hours well spent -- and warrants repeated viewing for years to come.

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