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Almost a Woman (2002)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 15 September 2002
A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face. Esmeralda ... See full summary »


Betty Kaplan


Esmeralda Santiago (book), Esmeralda Santiago (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wanda De Jesus ... Mami
Miriam Colon ... Tata
Cliff De Young ... Mr. Burnett
Francesco Quinn ... Don Carlos
Luis Garcia Luis Garcia ... Francisco Cortez
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Don Julio (as Ismael East Carlo)
Alexis Cruz ... Nestor
Angelo Pagán ... Papi (as Angelo Pagan)
George Wyner ... Dr. Fishbeck
Christine Healy ... Mrs. Parsons
Diane Salinger ... Mrs. Moore
Anne De Salvo ... Miss Narayan
Ana Maria Lagasca ... Negi
Evangelina Martínez Evangelina Martínez ... Delsa
Stacy Gallardo Stacy Gallardo ... Norma Santiago


A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face. Esmeralda Santiago (Ana Maria Lagasca) takes on the life roles of daughter, student and translator for her family. She excels at everything she does, and then she trains to become a stage actress after prompting from her high school guidance counselor. She encounters struggles in the pursuit of her dreams, yet the challenges give her the life experience to become a great actress and writer. Written by Anonymous

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost a Woman - Melkein nainen See more »

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Alt Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This movie is based on the actual life story of author, Esmeralda Santiago. See more »

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An inspiring and touching movie!
17 July 2006 | by eledeeSee all my reviews

I watched this movie in linguistics course as a graduate student. I have to say that this film is phenomenal! The movie embodies the struggles and victories that many people in this country face everyday. Growing up, I saw many students get made fun of because they didn't know the English language. I remember being my mom's translator and seeing how she was treated because she didn't know English. This movie hit close to home because there were many situations throughout the movies that I have been a witness to and have even been in. As a bilingual teacher, I see my students go through many of the feelings and situations that are portrayed in the film. Again, this is a great film! recommend it to your friends!

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