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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 »

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Leon Ichaso

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Leon Ichaso
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Benjamin Bratt met future wife Talisa Soto while working together in this film. The two then married in April of 2002. 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 Miami Vice (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

El Panuelito
Traditional
Performed by Virgilio Martí
Courtesy of Cobo Music, Inc.
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the best bio-pic I've ever seen
14 December 2001 | by brunogerberSee all my reviews

Benjamin Bratt shows great courage playing Puerto Rican poet Miguel Piñero with all the dark aspects of his character but managed to convince me with his brighter side as well. The movie is itself a piece of art, almost a poem, following the life of Piñero at New York's Lower East Side during the seventies and eighties. Piñero's poetry and writing made him famous - his plays were commercially successful and he wrote and acted for "Miami Vice" - and was essential for the rise of the "Nuyorican" culture. The cast is fabulous all the way, especially Giancarlo Esposito and Rita Moreno come across as tremendously warm hearted best friend and mother who won't give up on Miguel despite his difficult personality and way of life. The film was entirely shot in digital video, giving it a street style appearance and a great touch of reality. The time structure is challenging and the use of both black&white and color make it a visual treat. A MUST SEE and my favorite for next year's best actor academy award.


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