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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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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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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

This was Cheech Marin's first solo project after Cheech and Chong went their separate ways in 1985. 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

Feo: Fuck me? No. Fuck you!
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Referenced in One True Thing (1998) 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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Fiction becomes truth
7 November 2008 | by difdiSee all my reviews

When this movie was made, it was a comedy. It couldn't really happen, right? Well, as of 2008, 21 years later, it's happened to five US citizens, as far as anyone knows, since 2007 alone. There's no way of knowing how many people have actually been detained and/or deported because the government refused to believe their documentation -- Or they lacked it; Citizens don't have green cards, after all, so an immigration officer who is determined to deport anyone without one will deport a lot of citizens.

I just read an Associated Press article about a man by the name of Jose Ledesma who was jailed for two months, because the feds refused to accept his 100% real birth certificate as legitimate. The government has become so absurd, that a parody of 1987 has become the reality of 2008.


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