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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 »

Director:

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 ... 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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A family became strangers and strangers became a family. 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: When I dreamed about coming here. I never dreamed about juan, and when I met him I was free the way I thought the United States was free... inside of him free. After so many years... how could the gods have planned it this way.
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Meet The Perez
5 February 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Mira Nair's take on comedy is quite impressive. The director is known for her more intense and dramatic films but here she proves that she can direct a comedy. Though 'The Perez Family' isn't without its share of flaws, it is overall a funny movie with loads of laugh-out-loud moments. The film is about a group of Cuban immigrants who move to the states, one of them is in search of freedom and another in search of his family whom he hasn't seen for 20 years. While the film is essentially a comedy, Nair does tackle some issues that represent the darkness of an immigrant's life.

The score is energetic and the cinematography is vivacious. The pace tends to drag in some places and near the end becomes a tad too intense. Perhaps Nair could have balanced it off by including more comic punches. The dialogues are wonderful, especially the ones between Tomei and Molina.

Marisa Tomei has never looked hotter. She is both sensual and hilarious and very convincing as a Cuban wild flower. She was also excellent in the more intense scenes. Angelica Huston too displays a sophisticated sensuality and shows that she too can be funny on screen. Alfred Molina is good but not as effective as his leading ladies. Chazz Palminteri is charming. The late Celia Cruz makes a pleasantly awkward appearance.

'The Perez Family' is quite a charming and funny romantic comedy that gives us a glimpse of the hardships of immigrant life but also lots to laugh about. Would like to see Nair make more comedy.


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