7.4/10
484
7 user 22 critic

Alambrista! (1977)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 16 October 1977 (USA)
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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

4 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower
A Special Day (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1961, Robert Young and Michael Roemer shot a gritty documentary in Palermo's Cortile Cascino, a slum reserved for rag pickers and scavengers. Thirty years later, Young's son and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Roemer, Susan Todd, and 2 more credits »
The Maze (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Directors: David Grubin, Robert M. Young
Stars: William Kurelek, Arie Verveen
Smithereens (1982)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Susan Berman, Brad Rijn, Richard Hell
El Norte (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz
Saving Grace (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young pope who feels he has lost touch with the people accidentally locks himself out of the Vatican and believes it is part of God's plan for him.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Tom Conti, Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson
La Ciénaga (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director: Lucrecia Martel
Stars: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián
The Organizer (1963)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgelli
Roosters (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gallo Morales is the proud patriach returning home after a seven-year stint for manslaughter. Seeking to re-establish his legendary status as a champion breeder, he comes back for the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Sônia Braga, Sarah Lassez
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone.

Director: Lucrecia Martel
Stars: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 October 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Illegal  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent example of documentary film making....
4 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I saw this in Sociology class at the University of San Francisco. Outstanding narrative of a poor young man who simply wants to support his family. What's refreshing and quite funny is the depiction of some of the most bizarre aspects of American life. The scene where the lead attends a tent revival and witnesses some of the members heaving and pitching on the floor is hilarious.

What I appreciated most about this film was the film's statement that many white Americans need to deal with much the same insecurity and yearnings as do their Mexican brethren. Capitalism's most brutal aspects are laid bare and it doesn't matter who is in way if profit is to be collected. Highly recommend this to anyone who is fed up with the moronic fare of current Hollywood films...


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page