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Zoot Suit (1981)

When barrio leader Henry Reyna and his friends are unjustly convicted on circumstantial evidence, activist lawyers Alice Bloomfield and George Shearer fight the blatant racially motivated miscarriage of justice to win them their freedom.

Director:

Luis Valdez

Writer:

Luis Valdez (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Valdez ... Henry Reyna
Edward James Olmos ... El Pachuco
Charles Aidman ... George Shearer
Tyne Daly ... Alice Bloomfield
John Anderson ... Judge F.W. Charles
Abel Franco Abel Franco ... Enrique
Mike Gomez ... Joey / Jose Torres
Alma Martinez ... Lupe (as Alma Rosa Martínez)
Francis X. McCarthy ... Press (as Frank McCarthy)
Lupe Ontiveros ... Dolores
Ed Peck ... Lieutenant Edwards
Robert Phalen ... District Attorney
Tony Plana ... Rudy
Rose Portillo Rose Portillo ... Della
Marco Rodríguez ... Smiley / Ismael Torres
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Storyline

A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped almost to the ankle.... the rebellious fashion of young men) had on the morals and attitudes of the people of that era. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pedro Martínez was to have a lead role, but died in a car accident before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Most of the male characters in the film are sporting late 70's-early 80's hairstyles which men didn't wear during World War II. See more »

Quotes

El Pachuco: Go ahead, Ese, Pop her cherry. You know she wants it.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1940's Universal logo. See more »


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Green Eyes
(uncredited)
Written by Nilo Menendez and L. Wolfe Gilbert
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The Best Kind of Music
18 February 2005 | by arlmoviesSee all my reviews

First off, Luis Valdez is a genius, he managed to take a real life story, and make it into a musical, not only was its the best kind of musical, with great acting and symbolism, but with meaning to the Chicano race.

This film is about Chicanos and their history during the 1940's, and even though it's about the gang, the actual Zoot Suit and the ending are all very symbolic, and this movie should be credited for all the creativity and work put into this brilliant masterpiece.

The songs were good, but what I really enjoyed was the acting, James Omos is talent behind measurement, yet he receives no credit for such a role. He doesn't play the role, he is the Zoot Suit. All around the acting from everyone was excellent, I wouldn't change a thing about the film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Prescott, Arizona, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,356, 4 October 1981

Gross USA:

$3,256,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,256,082
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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