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...
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Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »
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.
Paulo Tocha was once in a gang himself, he turned his life around to become a professional muy Thai fighter. See more »
At the beginning of the if the fight with Spider, Al Green's song "Take Me To The River" can be heard. The fight took place in the year 1972 however the song came out in 1974. See more »
Hey homes you can't come here any more, unless you're gonna bust me.
¿And who the FUCK gave you permission to use my little brother in your paintings?
¡I don't need permission from you, he's my carnalito too!
Don't you use Juanito as an excuse to wreck your life. ¡YOU DON' HAVE THAT RIGHT!
Si culero, ¡¿I don't have that right, huh? Fuckin' right I don't
[while cutting Juanito's picture in his paintings]
¡I don't have that fuckin' right! ¿You want him out of my painting joto? ¡All right, all ...
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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 »
I saw this movie by chance and was expecting it to be some low budget flick with gang fights in it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. I put the DVD in and was planning to only watch a few minutes before going to bed, but the movie was so good and interesting that I watched the whole thing.
I'm also surprised this movie didn't win many awards. I notice it only won best director in Japan. This should have at least been nominated for best picture (Schindler's List won that year).
And speaking of surprises, the plot has some good twists and surprises of its own.
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