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Manito (2002)

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$24,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$175,000, 10 December 2003
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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Chillando Goma
Composed by R. Vargas, W. Rosa
Published by Dose Rocks Music & Rayana Music
Administered by Cutting Records Music & BMG Songs, Inc.
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Excellent for what it is
18 August 2004 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

"Manito" tells of urban life in a NYC Puerto Rican hood as it follows a buff ex-con, Junior (Franky G), and his little bro, Manny (Minaya), as Manny graduates High School only to see his dreams for the future derailed. You'll find little story in this open-ended slice-of-life-in-da-hood flick which is quick to get down and dirty with family issues and personal problems. What story is in this short 78 minute flick is nothing we haven't seen before but it is very well done, especially for an indie. With kudos from all corners, "Manito" may not be for the public at large but it's grit and realism, good jiggle cam work, ethnic music, and convincing performances make it a rock solid little movie. Recommended for anyone into indie "street" flicks. Mostly English with subs for the Spanish and no CC's. (B)


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