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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Bound by Honor (original title)
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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 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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From the Director of An Officer And A Gentleman and the Producer of La Bamba. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The Pino, the iconic tree shown throughout the film and symbolized the brotherhood, still stands and is now considered a historical monument and will not be permitted to be cut down for any reason. See more »

Goofs

When Paco goes to fight Spider, he takes out a balisong (butterfly) knife. After he's done with the incident, he clearly folds a folding lockback knife (different type of knife altogether). See more »

Quotes

Popeye: White bitch, give me some chon-chon.
Miklo Velka: Get away from me.
Popeye: You get NOTHING for free in here punk!
Miklo Velka: CHINGA TU MADRE!
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Crazy Credits

"The bloody era of prison gang warfare, which characterized much of California's prison system during the decade depicted in this film, is now under control." 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 »

Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Wing
Written and Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Elber B.V.
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User Reviews

 
probably my favorite
26 May 2000 | by wigzSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie about twenty times and would gladly watch it again anytime.Literally.Damian Chapa has been robbed of any real recognition for what I think is one of the best performances ever to be put on film.Miklo rules.I've never seen the extended laserdisc,but I'm sure it kicks even more ass. This movie will survive the test of time.


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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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