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Bread and Roses (2000)

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar Padilla ... Maya
Adrien Brody ... Sam Shapiro
Elpidia Carrillo ... Rosa
Jack McGee ... Bert
Monica Rivas Monica Rivas ... Simona
Frankie Davila Frankie Davila ... Luis (as Frank Davila)
Lillian Hurst ... Anna
Mayron Payes Mayron Payes ... Ben
Maria Orellana Maria Orellana ... Berta
Melody Garrett Melody Garrett ... Cynthia
Gigi Jackman ... Dolores
Beverly Reynolds Beverly Reynolds ... Ella
Eloy Méndez Eloy Méndez ... Juan (as Eloy Mendez)
Elena Antonenko ... Maria
Olga Gorelik Olga Gorelik ... Olga
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Storyline

Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers' union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she's also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The Balance Of Power Is About To Change.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Both Adrien Brody & Elpidia Carrillo both appeared in the Predator franchise. Carrillo was in Predator (1987) while Brody worked on Predators (2010). See more »

Quotes

Sam: We want bread. But we want roses too.
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not since Martin Balsam
12 March 2001 | by oldwobblySee all my reviews

Elpidia Carrillo has a scene in this film equal to the "...I'm the best possible Arnold Burns" self-justification speech in A THOUSAND CLOWNS. It's so real and raw it's almost hard to watch. I saw this film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and it so beautifully delivers the drama and the realities of the Justice for Janitors campaign. Ken Loach does it again...with an American accent (ALL the Americas). Adrien Brody is Ron Leibman's NORMA RAE organizer if he were younger and less seasoned, but just as much the true believer. Pilar Padilla's Maya is all passion and youth and fun-loving troublemaker. The documentary style that Ken Loach uses is perfect for the subject.


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,662, 13 May 2001

Gross USA:

$533,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$706,876
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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