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.
The movie was completed over 2 years before its release. Due to Disney having second thoughts of being associated with this film after the LA Riots and American Me's controversial message, the movie was shelved before finally being released. See more »
In prison where Magic Mike and Miklo are talking, Miklo leans over to whisper something to Magic. If you look at Miklo's shoulders, you can see his singlet tan that he must have gotten while shooting the scenes in the beginning, but that part was at least 5 years before. See more »
Nah, chale homes. Don't get fucked up in this bullshit. Stay straight, pendejo.
No sermons, ese. You remember that?
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During the end credits we see helicopter shots of Los Angeles. The movie ends with shots of the big tree (pina). See more »
The VHS and Laserdisc versions of this movie have subtitles for some of the Spanish words and phrases. These are completely absent from the DVD. They aren't even in the subtitles. See more »
Not many people have seen the movie over here in Holland, but the people that have seen it, love it. the movie is complete! the story is great, the acting at some times a bit overdone but it doesnt hurt the movie at all. The movie changed the lives of many friends and myself.. It's just the best movie ever. Dont listen to the people that say it sucks... they dont understand the power that the movie has!! la onda is our destiny!!
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