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Fifteen years ago, their Washington Heights neighborhood was dubbed the crack-cocaine capital of the world, but today it is transforming into one of the most vibrant, Spanish-speaking ... See full summary »


Eric Eason


Eric Eason
8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Franky G ... Junior Moreno
Leo Minaya ... Manny Moreno
Manuel Cabral Manuel Cabral ... Oscar Moreno (as Manuel Jesus Cabral)
Jessica Morales Jessica Morales ... Marisol
Julissa Lopez Julissa Lopez ... Miriam Moreno
Héctor González ... Abuelo
Panchito Gómez Panchito Gómez ... Rodchenko
Lavidania Ramirez Lavidania Ramirez ... Anita (Oscar's Wife)
Casper Martinez ... Enrique
Lou Torres Lou Torres ... Bartender
Adael Irizarry ... Hercules (as Adeal Irizarry)
Edwin De Leon Edwin De Leon ... Roberto (as Edwin Morel DeLeon)
Jeff Knite Jeff Knite ... Ignacio (as Jeff Asencio)
Jay Dog Jay Dog ... Mugger #1
Gilly Delgado Gilly Delgado ... Mugger #2


Fifteen years ago, their Washington Heights neighborhood was dubbed the crack-cocaine capital of the world, but today it is transforming into one of the most vibrant, Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. While the drug dealers continue to disappear, their violent legacy still casts a shadow over the neighborhood and its residents. Junior, an ex-convict struggling to get his life back on track, is a product of this legacy. His younger brother Manny, the salutatorian of his high school class, embodies the hope of the future. On the night of his graduation party, Manny finds himself faced with an ill-fated decision that could change his life forever. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

15 January 2002 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$24,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$175,000, 10 December 2003
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1.78 : 1
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »


Quien Es Fulanito
composed by R. Vargas, W. Rosa, Paul Anka
Published by Dose Rocks Music, Rayana Music & Chrysalis Standards, Inc.
Admin by Cutting Records Music, BMG Songs, Inc., & Chrysalis Standards, Inc.
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Two brothers
28 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Eric Eason's "Manito" is one of the most powerful films in recent memory. There is such raw energy that it involves us from the start. "Manito" uses a hand held camera technique that gives the viewer an intimate interaction with all the characters presented in the movie. The rhythm never stops throughout the film and at the end we don't want it to end, but wisely, Mr. Eason has given the movie the right length in this satisfying look at real people, something not to be found on a Hollywood make-believe film.

"Manito" presents a situation about two brothers, Junior and Manny, who are as different from one another as day and night. Junior is quick tempered, has a violent nature, and Manny, is a young man that is mature beyond his years. Both brothers love one another dearly. Their environment will interfere in their lives. In the span of only a few hours, violence makes an unwelcome appearance, as Manny is faced with a situation where he is given a gun in order to take justice in his own hands, with dire consequences. In turn, Junior, trying to help Manny and the uncertain future that awaits him in jail, decides to confront his own father who years ago had let him go to prison when he was innocently charged for what the old man had done.

The energy in the film is enhanced by the cast, most of them non professional actors. Franky G. makes Junior come alive. Leo Minaya plays the good brother Manny. Jessica Morales is perfect as the beautiful Marisol and Julissa Lopez is Miriam.

Technically, the film has a grainy look that cinematographer Didier Gertsch gave it. The musical score by Saundi Wilson plays well in the background. The direction of Eric Eason is what makes this film come alive. We are given a real life situation that is dealt with realism and conviction. You will not regret watching it.

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