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Born in East L.A. (1987)

R | | Comedy | 21 August 1987 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rudy
... Javier
... Jimmy
... Dolores
... McCalister (as Jan Michael Vincent)
... Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero ... Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala ... Rudy's Niece
David Perez ... Rudy's Nephew
Neith Hunter ... Marcie
Larry Blackmon ... Slick Dude
... Oscar
... Immigration Aide (as Geoff Rivas)
... Lester
Miguel Delgado ... Jose
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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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This time Cheech is not just on the wrong side of the law. He's on the wrong side of the line. See more »

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21 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Un pícaro de Los Ángeles  »

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$17,355,263
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According to Tommy Chong's book "Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography", Cheech Marin offered him a cameo in the film. Chong says he turned it down because he was upset that Marin was doing a film on his own. See more »

Goofs

When Border Patrol Agents arrest someone and deport them back to their country of origin, they just don't put them on a bus and send them directly back to the border. They have to follow a procedure, in which the illegal immigrant get sent to the Border Patrol station and they get processed. Which includes confirming Identity, finger printing, background checks, and taking photos. See more »

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Rudy: Hey Man, whaaas sappening?
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Referenced in One True Thing (1998) See more »

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Purple Haze
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Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Cheech Marin
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A dynamic comedy
12 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I heard about this movie recently, and last night I finally got to see it. I'm glad I did! There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, including scenes with Javier and scenes when Rudy has to deal with the boarder patrol. The romance with the woman from El Salvador was actually tolerable (I generally do not like romance in movies), plus it didn't take up too much of the time. As the movie goes on the audience sees Rudy is a man with a good heart, yet I sensed no sappieness. Another aspect of "Born in East L.A." is that it can make people think about the struggles and poverty that happens just over our boarder; this serious issue is presented in a comedy though, so it's easier to take and people don't have to put their guard up for preachy morals while they're looking for a good laugh. Yes, the movie isn't very deep, but it certainly doesn't have to be. I would recomend "Born in East L.A." to anyone. I definitely have to see it again.


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