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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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Javier
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McCalister (as Jan Michael Vincent)
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Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero ...
Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala ...
Rudy's Niece
David Perez ...
Rudy's Nephew
Neith Hunter ...
Larry Blackmon ...
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Oscar
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Immigration Aide (as Geoff Rivas)
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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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Un pícaro de Los Ángeles  »

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$17,355,263
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Rudy's car is a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible that is lowered and has Porsche Fuchs wheels. This style is commonly known as the "California Look". See more »

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When Rudy is following the girl in the green dress as he pulls away in the pink car you can see the crew in the passenger's window See more »

Quotes

Rudy: Hey Miester! I like your sister.
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Le Freak
Written by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
Performed by Zette
Zette appears courtesy of QMI Music/MCA Records
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Funny Movie
22 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie! Next to "Shrimp on the Barbie," this is my favorite Cheech Marin movie as he goes on to prove he can actually be funny by not playing a pothead. A Mexican-American dragged across the border, he shows the lengths he is willing to go to return home and prove he is an American, but there is also a sensitive and heart-warming touch to his range as he proves he is also a good guy and not just some clown. Daniel Stern is also a hoot as an opportunist, and Paul Rodriguez flexes his comedic muscle that we his fans appreciate so much.


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