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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.

Director:

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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Plot Keywords:

f rated | prison | hood | marriage | 1950s | See All (32) »

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Births, weddings and funerals. Madness, mayhem and murder. 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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Trivia

In one scene, when Johnny (Jimmy Smits) is talking to his son, he gives him a Star Wars toy of the Millennium falcon ship as a gift. Seven years later Jimmy Smits would go on to play Bail Organa in Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the clones (2002), Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) as the adopted father of Princess Leia, who spent time in the Millenium Falcon in the original Star Wars trilogy and even married the captain, Han Solo. 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

Young Jose: Maria?
Young Maria: I promised La Virgen that I would return to you.
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Soundtracks

One Summer Night
Written by Danny Webb
Performed by All-4-One
Published by PSO Limited
Courtesy of Blitzer-Atlantic Records
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grand Latino opera
5 February 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Paco (Edward James Olmos) recounts three generations of his Mexican-American family. His father José Sanchez walked to L.A. where he marries his mother Maria. During the Great Depression in 1933, Maria is forcibly deported despite being a citizen. She is pregnant and Chucho is born in Mexico. It took her two years to return. In the late 50s, the large family is starting to clash. José kicks out his rebellious son Chucho (Esai Morales) out of the home. Chucho gets into trouble and killed by the police. Paco served in the Navy. Twenty more years later, youngest son Jimmy (Jimmy Smits) gets out of prison for armed robbery. Daughter Toni has left the nunnery and married priest David Ronconi (Scott Bakula). They're concerned about Salvadoran refugee Isabel.

The movie can feel a little rambling stretching out over such a long time period centering on the various characters. Each section has a compelling story. The first section is the epic journey for Jennifer Lopez. The second part is Esai Morales and the third is Jimmy Smits. Together, it paints a grand portrait of an American family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,164,840, 7 May 1995

Gross USA:

$11,079,373

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,079,373
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color
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