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Born in East L.A. (1987)

R | | Comedy | 21 August 1987 (USA)
When an L.A. born American citizen is mistaken for a Mexican illegal alien and deported to Mexico, he has to do everything he can to get across the border.

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Cheech Marin

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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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This time Cheech is not just on the wrong side of the law. He's on the wrong side of the line. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born in East L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,359,040, 23 August 1987

Gross USA:

$17,355,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,355,263
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Clear Type See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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: What are you guys in for?
Thug #1: The good times.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jack's Back (1988) See more »

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Purple Haze
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Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Cheech Marin
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Funny Movie
22 October 2001 | by aesgaard41See 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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