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The Perez Family (1995)

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the ... See full summary »

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Mira Nair

Writers:

Christine Bell (novel), Robin Swicord (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Tomei ... Dorita Evita Perez
Alfred Molina ... Juan Raul Perez
Anjelica Huston ... Carmela Perez
Chazz Palminteri ... Lt. John Pirelli
Trini Alvarado ... Teresa Perez
Celia Cruz ... Luz Pat
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Indian immigration official
Diego Wallraff ... Angel Diaz
Ellen Cleghorne ... Officer Rhoades
Angela Lanza ... Flavia
Jose Felipe Padron Jose Felipe Padron ... Felipe Perez
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Armando 'Papi' Perez
Bill Sage ... Steve Steverino
Vincent Gallo ... Orlando
Billy Hopkins Billy Hopkins ... Father Aiden
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Storyline

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the process, a political prisoner who hasn't seen his wife for twenty years and a disaffected sugarcane cutter fall in love. An excitable brother and a lovestruck cop contribute to the general confusion. The inevitable humorous romantic entaglements ensue as a final confrontation is set up. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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On the way to finding a family, she found love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando salí de Cuba See more »

Filming Locations:

Coral Gables, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,832,826
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to be directing this film, but pulled out before production started. See more »

Goofs

When Dottie goes to make out with the security guard at the bar, the first wide shot shows her without her orange pants on, just black panties. In the next shot, she is wearing her pants, then the security guard precedes to pull them down, showing the black panties previously shown from a far distance in the first wide shot. See more »

Quotes

Dorita Evita Perez: [on why she wants to go to america] I love Elvis Presley, I dig the rock and roll, I want to FUCK... John Wayne
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A movie to die for!!!
14 May 1999 | by Guy143See all my reviews

I can't begin to describe the truly exotic and sensual feeling behind "The Perez Family." The direction was at it's best starring top stars like Marisa Tomei, Angelica Huston, & Alfred Molina, and a great supporting cast including Chazz Palminteri, Trini Alvarado, & Celia Cruz.

It's the story on a family trying to move to the land of the free, America, in the 1980's. But upon departing, the father is arrested and must let the family go. Years later when he is released, he climbs on board and heads to the U.S. hoping to find his family. On the way there he meets a sexy woman that slowly changes his life. Upon arrival in the states, Miami seems to be a much bigger place than he imagined and hopes of finding his family seems a lot harder than expected. It's romantic, sensual, and funny & if you believe in fairy tales, this movie is made for you. Go ask your local video store if they carry it and if its in there, get it! You're going to love it, trust me!


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