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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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  (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
Big Spence ... Shackled Patient
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)
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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 Grana .... second assistant director
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)
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
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
Rory Enke .... special thanks
Douglas Philips .... special thanks
Alan Renshaw .... special thanks

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

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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 »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Cruise "slow and low" through LA MISSION, 8 July 2010
Author: reelinspiration from United States

"La Mission" is a project of love about the barrio neighborhood the Bratt brothers grew up in. Writer/Director Peter Bratt takes time and care to set up a strong sense of cultural pride with Aztec dancers, Catholic rituals, "slow and low" cruising in shiny low riders through the family oriented Mission District of San Francisco.

Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) an ex-con and recovering alcoholic, has worked hard to earn the respect of his community by going straight and being a good father to his college bound son (Jeremy Ray Valdez.) Benjamin Bratt portrays Che as the embodiment of Mexican machismo. The director presents him as a sympathetic character who was brought up to use his fists to survive on the hard streets. Che finds strength for his quest for redemption in his culture and religion. But when he discovers that his beloved son is gay, that homophobic culture drives his negative response.

Enhancing the theme is a multi-racial relationship with Che's black, culturally diverse, social-worker neighbor Lena (Erika Alexander.) Lena sees through Che's violent, macho exterior. Experience has taught her that this kind of man is incapable of changing, but she can't help but be moved by the wounded boy inside.

There is an odd visual metaphor which I believe is meant to show the contrast between past and present Chicano culture: colorful Aztec dancers perform at the shine of a murdered teen with a sign, "No more violence." I found it odd because the Aztec's practiced human sacrifice. Whether intentional or not, the Aztec dancers are a good metaphor for the theme: We need to keep what is healthy from our culture or religion and let go of what is destructive.

"La Mission" isn't perfect. A few scenes were just left hanging - especially in the romantic subplot. I didn't feel the chemistry between Che and Lena. But Benjamin Bratt delivers one of his strongest performances. The brothers have given us an authentic, loving depiction of the culture in the Mission barrio with an important theme for our times.

Movie Blessings! Jana Segal,Reel Inspiration

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