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Piñero (2001)

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"Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing ... See full summary »

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writer:

Leon Ichaso
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Bratt ... Miguel Piñero
Giancarlo Esposito ... Miguel Algarin
Talisa Soto ... Sugar
Nelson Vasquez ... Tito Goya
Michael Wright ... Edgar Bowser
Michael Irby ... Reinaldo Povod
Rita Moreno ... Miguel's Mother
Jaime Sánchez ... Miguel's Father (as Jamier Sanchez)
Rome Neal Rome Neal ... Jake
Mandy Patinkin ... Joseph Papp
Oscar A. Colon Oscar A. Colon ... Bodega Man (as Oscar Colon)
Miriam Cruz Miriam Cruz ... Bodega Woman
Luis Caballero Luis Caballero ... Shooting Gallery Man
Sophia Domoulin Sophia Domoulin ... Shooting Gallery Woman
Robert Klein ... Doctor
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Storyline

"Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and drug dealing, Piñero's prison experiences developed into the 1974 Tony-nominated play Short Eyes. The resulting notoriety and fame was too much for the Latino bad-boy genius who retreated to the darker corners of New York City. Written by <info@greenestreetfilms.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Pinero See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,750, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,418,314, 2 March 2003
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Leguizamo who served as Executive Producer on Pinero played Orlando Calderone son of Esteban Calderone on Miami Vice.Esteban Calderone was played by Miguel Pinero. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miguel Piñero: Hey, what's happenin', what's happenin'?
[chuckling]
Miguel Piñero: We'll just start from the top.
Miguel Piñero: Well, I guess I started stealing when I was eight. Stealing bread for my baby sister and brother. And other times you walk into the supermarket and just eat the food right out of the aisles, and not even pay. We'd walk right outside, you know? Now when you think about Latin writers, you probably think about Senior Márquez, Neruda, Cortazar - the magic realism. Not here, not this. There are no ...
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Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

El Panuelito
Traditional
Performed by Virgilio Martí
Courtesy of Cobo Music, Inc.
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A great story, a great performance, an average movie.
17 January 2006 | by Ham_and_EggerSee all my reviews

They'd do well to replace the words 'Director's Cut' with 'Director's Slice'. I was fascinated by Miguel Piñero's life, inspired by his poems, and blown away by Benjamin Bratt's performance, but the director and editor conspired to mug an otherwise good movie.

Put simply, Leon Ichaso tried to use an "edgy" style to mimic Piñero's edgy life and it's agonizing to watch. I've come to accept the conceit of the fractured narrative, but I just can't stomach the unending jump-cuts, unnecessary camera refocusing, and worst of all the switches between professional-looking color film and the sort of push-button, digital, black & white that I associate with low-budget TV shows. If any of this was innovative I'd accept it as the director's prerogative, but even in 2001 it wasn't the least bit innovative.

As I said it is a good story and Bratt exceeded my expectations by a power of ten. I actually recommend 'Piñero' strongly, it's an enjoyable and worthwhile film that deserves to be seen. I just wonder what it could have been if MTV's shadow wasn't looming over it.


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