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Alambrista! (1977)

After the birth of his first child, Roberto, a young Mexican man slips across the border into the United States. Seeking work to support his family back home, he finds that working hard is not enough.

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Robert M. Young

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Robert M. Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Domingo Ambriz Domingo Ambriz ... Roberto
Trinidad Silva ... Joe
Linda Gillen ... Sharon
Ned Beatty ... Anglo Coyote
Jerry Hardin ... Man in cafe
Julius Harris ... 2nd Drunk
Ludevina Mendez Salazar Ludevina Mendez Salazar ... Roberto's Wife
Maria Guadalupe Chavez Maria Guadalupe Chavez ... Roberto's Mother
Rafaela Cervantes de Gomez Rafaela Cervantes de Gomez ... Midwife
Feliz Cedano Feliz Cedano ... Tomato Field Mayordomo
Edward Lopez Edward Lopez ... Contratista
Evelyn Chieko Saito Evelyn Chieko Saito ... Strawberry Field Owner
Tom Tar Tom Tar ... Strawberry Field Owner
Gabriel Segura Gabriel Segura ... Strawberry Field Mayordomo
Paul Berrones Paul Berrones ... Berto
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Storyline

After his daughter's birth, Roberto leaves his town in Michoacan to make money in the United States. He's "an illegal," crossing into California and taking work wherever he can: picking strawberries, grapes, lettuce, and cucumbers. He hitchhikes, rides freight trains, and depends on the kindness of strangers. Near Stockton, things look up when a sympathetic waitress gives him a place to live, and he gets a better job at a crop-dusting company. But immigration raids are a constant possibility that can end stability. Can Roberto hold onto his equilibrium in this foreign land where hard work is not enough? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

16 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Illegal See more »

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Production Co:

Filmhaus See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Robert M. Young's first feature film. See more »

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This film is absolutely fantastic!
26 November 2001 | by OcelotlSee all my reviews

"Alambrista" is a groundbreaking film about a man's decision to move to United States and leave everything that he has behind to start a new life in the pursuit of the American Dream. In this new land, he learns that the American Dream is not easily acquired and maybe and impossibility to attain for some, and he is forced to make some tough choices. I liked this film because the directing is great and the mis-en-scene and the characters are strikingly realistic. The message at the end of the film is one of hope that there is a brighter future, in due time, for new immigrants,


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