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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 »

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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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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: Everyone said the police had killed Chucho, but my mother never believed it. She knew that he was meant to die at the river. Chucho's life had been on borrowed time, but you cannot cheat fate forever. The spirit of the river had returned to claim what was rightfuly his.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1995 (1995) See more »

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Los laureles
Written by Salvador Ringel Gonzalez
Performed by Mariachi los Camperos
Published by Peer International Corp.
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An epic about a Mexican family
29 June 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Movie follows Jose and Maria who emigrate to California in the 1920s, fall in love and get married. It follows their lives and their childrens up to 1995.

An epic--the first American movie to show a multigenerational portrait of a Mexican family. It's not perfect--some parts are romanticized (I find it hard to believe that the house of a pretty poor family looks that good) and some of the situations are really melodramatic.

Still, the script is good and believable and (with one exception) all the acting is good--especially the very talented Esai Morales. His was a very cliched role (the hot headed Latino brother) but he gave it depth and feeling and acted the hell out of it. When his character goes away the movie lost something. Unfortunately he's replaced by Jimmy Smits who gives a real terrible performance--he's so emotionless all the time! His prescence really drags down the last section of the film, but all the other actors keep it going.

This definetely looks like the inspiration for the (unfortunately) cancelled Showtime series "Resurrection Blvd". It's just a little better than the series and some of the same actors appear in both (Morales played a hot-headed latino in the series too).

Engrossing and one of a kind. Also it's kind of fun to see Jennifer Lopez in a small role before she hit it big. A definete must-see...it doesn't matter if you're Latino or not.


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