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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Bound by Honor (original title)
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo.

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

Ross Thomas (story), Jimmy Santiago Baca (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Chapa ... Miklo
Jesse Borrego ... Cruz
Benjamin Bratt ... Paco
Enrique Castillo ... Montana
Victor Rivers ... Magic Mike
Delroy Lindo ... Bonafide
Tom Towles ... Red Ryder
Carlos Carrasco ... Popeye
Teddy Wilson ... Wallace
Raymond Cruz ... Chuey
Valente Rodriguez ... Frankie
Lanny Flaherty ... Big Al
Billy Bob Thornton ... Lightning
Geoffrey Rivas ... Carlos
Karmin Murcelo Karmin Murcelo ... Dolores
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Storyline

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood In, Blood Out See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,548, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:

$4,496,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,496,583
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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Goofs

In one scene a 1985 Camaro can be seen, but the year is 1981. See more »

Quotes

Cruz: Nah, chale homes. Don't get fucked up in this bullshit. Stay straight, pendejo.
Miklo Velka: No sermons, ese. You remember that?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see helicopter shots of Los Angeles. The movie ends with shots of the big tree (pina). See more »

Alternate Versions

UK theatrical release was edited to secure a 18 rating and removed shots of a butterfly knife being twirled. For the video release further 21 sec. were removed. Director's cut runs ca. 10 min. longer. See more »

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Soundtracks

Searchin' For My Love
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Performed by Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces
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User Reviews

It held my attention, that's for sure
11 September 2004 | by hbangelicatSee all my reviews

My late-teen son has been raving about this movie for some time now, and when he put on the DVD this morning I was at first going to leave him to it and go watch the tennis matches on TV, lol. On my way to the stairs, however, I found myself standing there and watching at least the first ten minutes, until my son convinced me to settle down and watch it with him.

I've read the widely mixed reviews here about BIBO and I can see both sides of the coin. There is great diversity in the quality of acting and dialog, and it could have been at least a half hour shorter. But the bottom line is, I sat and watched a 3-hour movie on a Saturday morning - very unusual for me - and it kept me involved the entire time.


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