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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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Taglines:

An epic story of three brothers. Bound by blood. Divided by fate. Driven by destiny. 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 »

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)

Gross USA:

$4,496,583
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Company Credits

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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

Teddy Wilson died shortly after filming the prison interrogation and Delano city jail scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Miklo and La Onda are rioting in prison due to Montana's death, you can see Spider's chain when he has his back facing the camera but when the camera goes back and forth, the chain is no longer visible. 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 »

Connections

References Putty Tat Trouble (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

597-59
Written by Joseph Jarman
Performed by the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Courtesy of ECM Records
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User Reviews

 
great story, nice and long so one can enjoy it more than the average flick
21 February 2007 | by tdb-8See all my reviews

i believe that is one of the better movies ever to come out. a truly amazing story of what life can entail between brothers and how the choices you make defines your direction in life. OK, one might argue that it is rather cheap in the budgetary sense and consequently not a respectable director nor actors are in it makes the flick only more interesting. The acting is however quite good and the prisoners are more than realistic. In other words it gives a nice insight in US (prison-gang)life. On top of that i personally am a great fan of true stories as this is. it is a shame that bad distribution has not given this the place in movie history that it deserves.


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