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Born in East L.A. (1987)

When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.

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Cheech Marin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Rudy
Paul Rodriguez ... Javier
Daniel Stern ... Jimmy
Kamala Lopez ... Dolores
Jan-Michael Vincent ... McCalister (as Jan Michael Vincent)
Lupe Ontiveros ... Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero Urbanie Lucero ... Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala Chastity Ayala ... Rudy's Niece
David Perez David Perez ... Rudy's Nephew
Neith Hunter Neith Hunter ... Marcie
Larry Blackmon Larry Blackmon ... Slick Dude
Tito Larriva ... Oscar
Geoffrey Rivas ... Immigration Aide (as Geoff Rivas)
Eddie Barth ... Lester
Miguel Delgado Miguel Delgado ... Jose
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Storyline

Rudy is an American of Mexican descent who is caught up in an immigration raid on a factory. Deported to Mexico as an undocumented immigrant, he has no way of proving that he is in fact an American citizen, and is forced to rely on his cunning to sneak his way back home. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A Comedy Bordering On Insanity See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un pícaro de Los Ángeles See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,355,263
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Clear Type See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rudy's hat translates to "No beer No work". See more »

Goofs

Standard procedure for Customs agents at the Border for someone without ID would be ask for Social Security number and Mother's maiden name. However this changed in 2009 when the government started requiring American citizens to have a passport to cross back and forth from Mexico. See more »

Quotes

Altar Boy: Hey man! You want any used lottery tickets? Lotteria? Hey man I like you, you can have em. Nah man, they went to Fresno! Fresno!
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Alternate Versions

The television broadcast version adds at least 15 to 20 minutes of footage. In this footage, Rudy does make it across the border only to be captured by kidnappers with his friends. He is held for ransom in the house across the street from his home and is rescued by the border patrol. When he hears that Dolores will have to be sent back across the border, he marries her and makes her a citizen. That's why the priest is behind them in the last shot of the TV versions. See more »

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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Summertime Blues
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Written by Jerry Capehart and Eddie Cochran
Performed by Cheech Marin
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Being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
22 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Cheech Marin is a great talent. In his film, "Born in East L.A.", he clearly shows a man that has a good understanding about the issues at the heart of this entertaining movie. For some years now he has been by himself as his partnership with Tommy Chong ended.

Mr. Marin makes an important point in the film. Rudy, his main character, is a man born and raised in East L.A., as the title indicates, yet, he is deported to a country he probably has never been to. His roots are American, yet being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, trying to do a favor to his cousin, he is hauled to a detention center for illegal aliens and deported to Mexico.

Of course, the arrest and his deportation serves as the basis of a clever comedy that is easy on the eyes and have us laughing throughout the many funny situations Mr. Marin has created for himself and his crew. Daniel Stern is good as Jimmy, the man that exploits Rudy. Paul Rodriguez has some good moments as the newly arrived guy that keeps thinking the messages he hears in Rudy's answering service come from the Jesus image behind it. The lovely Kamala Lopez is easy on one's eyes, and the great Lupe Ontiveros plays Rudy's mom.

"Born in East L.A." is a funny movie with a message.


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