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My Family (1995)

R | | Drama | 3 May 1995 (USA)
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A man makes his way from Mexico to L.A. in the 1920s, gets married and raises a big family there. The movie follows the children until they, too, get married and have children in the 1960s.

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Gregory Nava
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Paco
Rafael Cortes Rafael Cortes ... Roberto (as Rafael Cortes)
Ivette Reina Ivette Reina ... Trini
Amelia Zapata Amelia Zapata ... Roberto's Girlfriend
Jacob Vargas ... Young Jose
Emilio Del Haro Emilio Del Haro ... Oxcart Driver
Abel Woolrich Abel Woolrich ... Oxcart Driver
León Singer ... El Californio (as Leon Singer)
Rosalee Mayeux ... Maria's Employer
Jennifer Lopez ... Young Maria
Alicia del Lago Alicia del Lago ... Maria's Aunt
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... The Boatman (as Thomas Rosales)
Anthony Gonzalez Anthony Gonzalez ... Baby Paco
Michael Gonzalez Michael Gonzalez ... Little Paco
Esai Morales ... Chucho
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Storyline

This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Jose and Maria, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930s. They establish their family in East L.A., and their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 1950s. As the second generation become adults in the 1960s, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy's journey to becoming a responsible parent. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Three generations of dreams. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some graphic violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cafe con leche See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,079,373
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DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, Jacob Vargas, and Lupe Ontiveros later worked together again in the autobiography of the late Tejano singer Selena. See more »

Goofs

When Isabella is at the Sanchez home, we see a medium shot of Paco with a bowl of popcorn, and Memo. In front of them is a tray of taquitos. But a minute or two later, Irene brings out the same tray and sets it down on the coffee table in front of them. See more »

Quotes

Paco: Cihuateteo. That's what my mother called them. The souls of women who had died giving birth. They became Cihuateteo, the spirits who helped the sun to set. Without Cihuateteo, the sun would not be able to rest.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Jesusita en Chihuahua
Written by Quirino Mendoza
Performed by Mariachi los Camperos
Published by Peer International Corp.
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A great peek into Mexican life
24 June 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

Mexican culture has rarely been pictured in the Hollywood cinema (even though they we are the biggest minority in the country!), but this film probably rates as the best Mexican-themed film (until further notice). The evolution of the family's house really makes this an interesting image in regards to the lives of the family. The intersecting lives of the family are all well thought out, even though it all seems rather convenient they all have these different personas and political aspirations. When I first watched this film, I thought it was one of the greatest movies of all time. Instead of portraying Mexicans as lazy, this film really encompassed the cultural aspects and fears of the common Mexican man. A great film to watch, even if you aren't Mexican.


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