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Star Maps (1997)

Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can... See full summary »

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writers:

Miguel Arteta (screenplay), Miguel Arteta (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Spain ... Carlos Amado
Efrain Figueroa ... Pepe Amato
Kandeyce Jorden ... Jennifer
Martha Velez Martha Velez ... Teresa Amato
Lysa Flores Lysa Flores ... Maria Amato
Annette Murphy Annette Murphy ... Letti, Pepe's Girlfriend
Robin Thomas ... Martin
Vincent Chandler Vincent Chandler ... Juancito Amato
Al Vicente ... Fred Marin
Herbert Siguenza ... Cantinflas' Ghost
Jeffrey Sanna Jeffrey Sanna ... Frank Rivers (as Jeff Sanna)
Jeff Michalski Jeff Michalski ... Bartender
Zak Penn ... Carmel County Writer
Alejandro Parra Alejandro Parra ... Star Map Boy
Caesar Garcia Caesar Garcia ... Star Map Boy
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Storyline

Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can get his foot in the door in Hollywood. Finally one of his clients, a rich soap star, offers him a bit part in her show. Pepe tell Carlos that she is just using him and demands that he not see the women any longer. Carlos defies his father and when his big day comes he is finds out the harsh realities of life are even harsher than he imagined. Written by Mark Babcock <encephalon@msn.com>

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Taglines:

I Hollywood har alle drømme en pris. [Denmark] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calçada da Fama See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,028, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$592,573, 5 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Carlos Amado: Princess, the great difference between people in this world is not the difference between the rich and the poor, or the good and the evil. The biggest of all differences in this world is between those that had or have pleasure in love and those that haven't or hadn't any pleasure in love. I don't mean just ordinary love or the kind you can buy. I mean great love.
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Connections

References Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Dios
Written by Christian Basso and Diego Frenkel
Performed by "La Portuaria"
Courtesy of EMI Argentina
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Film-making ambition without the craft...
16 February 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Miguel Arteta wrote and directed this extremely naïve modern-day story of a young Hispanic boy in Hollywood, just off the bus from Mexico, who reunites with his family and becomes part of his father's street corner map-selling business--a front for prostitution (a fact every driver seems to get but, oddly, no police). Arteta doesn't have a solid or interesting take on this old situation, and he has no intrinsic feel for the ambiance of Los Angeles. What's worse, he has even less talent working with his Hispanic cast (these must be the most Anglo-ized Latinos and Latinas on the screen since the 1960s). The youngster's domineering, abusive father stands in the kid's way of his pursuing an acting career (wouldn't that bring in more dinero than sex-for-cash?), yet Arteta never puts this love-hate relationship into any perspective, and the flashback near the climax does nothing to reconcile our feelings for the characters. It's a mess, yet one can clearly perceive a spark of ambition here, a stab at something more profound than what we ultimately see on the screen. * from ****


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