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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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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$275,171

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$275,171
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Technical Specs

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

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

El Panuelito
Traditional
Performed by Virgilio Martí
Courtesy of Cobo Music, Inc.
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See it with an open mind
27 September 2002 | by John-442See all my reviews

The critics generally were not kind to this film, but I submit that in most cases their middle class roots are showing. Anyone with a serious interest in urban America in the '70s should see it. The visual style is jagged and hyper but that fits the subject matter aptly. The effect on the viewer is you either pay attention or get lost. Also, this is clearly not a movie that's interested in creating a cardboard hero, but do we need another one of those? The filmmakers are keen on showing Puerto Rican influence on NY culture, an influence so deep that it's often ignored.

Benjamin Bratt did receive some kudos for his acting, but he deserved nominations. In the short documentary on the DVD, he mentions that in his teens he saw the film of "Short Eyes" and was frightened by the subject matter. He also mentions fear when offered the Pinero role, because he would be playing a real person. This must be one of the notable cases where an actor overcame some fear to turn in an astonishing portrait.

I hope I've suggested a few of the reasons to see this film. Among other things, it casts doubt on the mainstream as we've come to know it. Pinero would have liked that about it....


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