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King Rikki (2002)

R | | Drama | 3 May 2002 (USA)
In life, there's silver, and there's lead, says Rikki Ortega, as he moves to be king of the street in "Ánglio," L.A.'s east side. Older brothers and a brother-in-law are in his way. While ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Seda ... Rikki Ortega
Mario Lopez ... Juan Vallejo
Tonantzin Carmelo ... Anita (as Tonantzín Carmelo)
Tim Perez ... Eduardo Ortega (as Timothy Paul Perez)
Vincent Castellanos ... Palacios
Danny Parker-Lopes ... Casio (as Danny Lopes)
Sam Sarpong ... Louis
Alex Miranda Cruz Alex Miranda Cruz ... Rafael Ortega (as Alex Miranda)
David Labiosa ... Rios
Isabella Donato Isabella Donato ... Lupe
Danielle Camastra ... Margarita Salcido
Laura Cerón ... Emalita Ortega
Liz Torres ... Mother
Manny Perez ... Jorge Ortega
Jill-Michele Melean ... Clara (as Jill-Michele Meleán)
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In life, there's silver, and there's lead, says Rikki Ortega, as he moves to be king of the street in "Ánglio," L.A.'s east side. Older brothers and a brother-in-law are in his way. While they think they are driving out the Rojas, a local gang that runs the meth trade for bosses in Cabo San Lucas, Rikki is running an elaborate double-cross on his own family. He's not happy just to run this fratricidal con, he also wants to cash in as much as he can of one hundred kilos of crystal meth that he stole from the Rojas (and the Mexicans), seduce the girlfriend of one of his victims, and stay ahead of a cop who was a childhood friend. Will he end up with the silver? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Shakespeare's Richard the Third in 21st Century Los Angeles. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for violence, drugs, sexuality and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rikki the Pig See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mistral Pictures LLC See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Two actors who played brothers "Eduardo & Jorge Ortega" on screen, ironically have the same last name in real life but are not brothers in real: Timothy Paul Perez (Eduardo Ortega) and Manny Perez (Jorge Ortega). See more »

Goofs

Jon Seda's character of 'Rikki' has a scar across his face making it look like he was knifed at some point and it caught his eye also . So he has one brown eye and one blue eye. So in some scenes he has the brown/blue eye thing going on and in other scenes, it's quite obvious he has both eyes brown. See more »


Soundtracks

Himno Zapatista
(Traditional/Popular)
Performed by Flor del Fango
Edel Records
EMI Music Publishing France S.A.
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Classic Villainy in the Barrio
5 April 2003 | by JeanineGMailSee all my reviews

With LA gang territory as situational backdrop and the convention of soliloquy/narrative storytelling as method, Street King renders a stunning updated headshot of classic villainy. This is chiefly a character study, not a lesson is gang sociology. The narrative device, so effective here, is, of course, a tradition evidenced most recently on film with Kenneth Branagh's Iago -- the Shakespearean baddy bent on punishing Larry Fishburn's _Othello_ while letting the audience in on each turn of his twisted plot and mind -- and with Al Pacino's incarnation of Rikki's mentor, Richard III, in _Looking for Richard_. These characters are desperate, vengeful, self-isolated men, convinced that the world has stolen their birthrights in one form or other, with `the third wall' -- that's us -- their only true companions. They're bent on revenge, and they relish sharing their process.

Now in _Street King_ ( alias _King Rikki_) there too goes Rikki Ortega, with an ironic humor that paints his brand of black all the darker a shade of never-gettin'-over-it. Jon Seda gets the idea; so does the script. The audience gets a stylish swine in modern dress.

Too bad the film's release wasn't well publicized. As Hillary Clinton might say, it takes a budget. Seda's performance is laser perfect, and there are some other solid performances as well. (Liz Torres as Rikki's mother is particularly fine.) For the drama of pure devilry, this video is worth checking out.


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