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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 »

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Eric Eason

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

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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
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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 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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USA

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English

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15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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$24,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$175,000, 10 December 2003
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1.78 : 1
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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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Puerto Rican Mean Streets
7 April 2002 | by arnis12See all my reviews

I just saw this at the Chicago Latino Film festival and was blown away. The synopsis compared it to Mean Streets, a generic description that few film fail to live up to, but this one does and no doubt Scorcese himself would be proud. It's explosive, full of raw energy, great ensemble performances between boys and girls that feels more like a documentary than a film, and a love/hate relationship with the big apple who's energy drives the film and justifies the rapid editing. The film explores the relationship between two brother, one, a hardedned ex-con and ladies man, and his little brother, a sweet, innocent kid on his way to college, and one believes, towards a hopeful, succesful future. The brothers are the key to the film and both actors are brilliant, and give powerful, emotional performances without descending into obvious one-dimensionality. There is a scene on a train where the younger brother comes face to face with some thugs, every inner city dwellers nightmare, and it is one of the most suspenseful scenes I've ever seen, loaded with energy and danger. The camera work is very raw, but it is also one of the finest examples of a film being shot on D/V and transfered to film. A great debut and a must see.


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