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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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"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

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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

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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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton, Jr.), Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins) and Garry M. Shider
Published by Rubber Band Music, Inc.
Administered by Universal Songs of Polygram Int'l, Inc. (BMI) and Bridgeport Music, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Parliament
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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A really great performance by Bratt makes this gritty film one worth watching.
12 January 2002 | by paul_supercalaSee all my reviews

Most movie-going audiences won't know who or what "Pinero" is. "Pinero" is the story of Puerto Rican-born icon Miguel Pinero, who came to fame in the 70s with his cutting edge poetry that many believe was the roots for rap and spoken word. That being said, the film is less of a biopic and more of a cut and paste story that flip-flops back and forth between different stages of the poet's life. Wonderfully portrayed by Benjamin Bratt ("Miss Congeniality"), he seems to have lived this character while filming. It may be hard for most to relate to his hard lifestyle but even with all of his faults and troubles, the character is likeable. Many people might liken Pinero to John Leguizamo, who happens to be a fan and an executive producer of the film. Many of the scenes are very intense, involving strong language, drug use, sexual content, and ideas that may shock some viewers. This is not a film for the kiddies, so don't bother bringing them. It's a very sad story, but very interesting at the same time. Director Leon Ichaso ("Hendrix") does a great job with the direction, including many standout flashback sequences. This might throw some viewers off and come across as "choppy", but really captures an artistic feel that fits the character. This promises to be one of the better films of the year and Bratt's performance deserves at least a nomination for Best Actor. As long as this sounds interesting to you, go and check this one out if you can find it somewhere. If you are offended easily, it might be best to sit this one out. Art house film lovers will eat this one up!


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