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My Family (1995)

R | | Drama | 3 May 1995 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Rafael Cortes ...
Roberto (as Rafael Cortes)
Ivette Reina ...
Trini
Amelia Zapata ...
Roberto's Girlfriend
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Emilio Del Haro ...
Oxcart Driver
Abel Woolrich ...
Oxcart Driver
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El Californio (as Leon Singer)
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Maria's Employer
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Alicia del Lago ...
Maria's Aunt
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The Boatman (as Thomas Rosales)
Anthony Gonzalez ...
Baby Paco
Michael Gonzalez ...
Little Paco
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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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Births, weddings and funerals. Madness, mayhem and murder. See more »

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

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3 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Cafe con leche  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,079,373
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The final scene is duplicated shot-for-shot from the final scene of Apur Sansar (1959). 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 »

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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1995 (1995) See more »

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Angel baby
Written by Rosalie Hamlin
Performed by Jeanette Jurado
Produced by Mike Piccirillo
Published by Windswetp Pacific
Jeanette Jurado courtesy of Arista Records
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Que bueno
6 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

"My Family" peers into the lives of three generations of an East L.A. Mexican-American family moving through time from generation to generation. Focusing mostly on the core family group which chooses to reside in the same house in the barrio and spending most of the time with the male family members, the film gives a skewed view of the Mexican-American condition. However, it does a good job of showing what life was like for one family albeit melodramatic, stereotypical, and contrived for dramatic value. Lacking the verve, passion, color, and creativity of Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd" (though both share some cast members), "My Family" is an okay middle-of-the-marquee watch for anyone interested in Mex-Am issues or family stories in general. (B-)


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