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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

Press: You are trying to outdo the white man in exaggerated white man's clothes.
El Pachuco: Because everyone knows that Mexicans, Filipinos and Blacks belong to the huraache . . . the straw hat and the dirty overall.
Press: You savages weren't even wearing clothes when the white man pulled you out of the jungle.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

La Negra
Written by Rubén Fuentes (uncredited) and Silvestre Vargas (uncredited)
Performed by Mariachi Vargas
courtesy of RCA S.A. de CV of Mexico
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Perfectly produced film version of stage play.
30 January 2005 | by lsussman2004See all my reviews

This film is a work of art. Of the finest quality. I first saw it at the Sunset Theater in downtown Los Angeles over 20 years ago. I was impressed with it then. Now that I have my own copy, I continue to be impressed by the quality of the performances, the screen writing, the sets, the music and dancing, and the feeling. I gave it a "10" which puts me in the same category as the "under 18 age females", OK, I guess I don't mind being in a group with some under 18 age females, sounds pretty good, eh, ese? Kudos for Luis Valdez, Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Tyne Daly and muchos otros. Great work, can't say enough good things about it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoot Suit See more »

Filming Locations:

Prescott, Arizona, USA

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Box Office

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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