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El padrino (2004)

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In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo ... See full summary »

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Damian Chapa

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Troy Barker (screenplay), Troy Barker (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Chapa ... Kilo
Sal Lopez ... Loco
Emilio Rivera ... Rudy
Jennifer Tilly ... Sebeva
Faye Dunaway ... Atty. Gen. Navarro
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Manny
Joanna Pacula ... Jessica Lancaster
Robert Wagner ... Paul Fisch
Gary Busey ... Lars
Stacy Keach ... Gov. Lancaster
Brad Dourif ... Cyrus
Ralf Moeller ... Special Agent Kurt Meyers
Melora Hardin ... Jane
Rachel Hunter ... Newscaster
Kathleen Quinlan ... Judge Scorsi
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In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new life as a dealer begins. Starting off small, dealing to the high school and college market, Kilo discovers the drug business to be very profitable. With a little help from the well-connected and seductive daughter of a Colombian gangster, he becomes a drug kingpin with a nationwide monopoly on drug running. While conquering the drug world, Kilo falls in love with a local Latina who quickly becomes pregnant. Shortly thereafter, Kilo is involved in a drug deal with a wired frat boy that goes bad, and he is imprisoned. His exciting and stylish life as a drug lord seems to have come to a halt. But prison life does not stop Kilo from running his operation. He enlists the support of other prisoners including Crips, Bloods, and a very powerful ... Written by Jim Dobson <starpr@aol.com>

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The epic story of the rise and fall of the Latino Godfather, El Padrino. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence and language, drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El padrino: The Latin Godfather See more »

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

After a car crashes through a row of cars and totaling a parking enforcement car, the parking enforcement cop is seen jumping behind a parking enforcement car that is not totaled. He is then seen getting back up in front of his totaled car. See more »

Quotes

Lars: You are a wasted species. You don't belong here.
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Connections

Followed by El Padrino II: Border Intrusion (2011) See more »

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As cheesy as it can get
14 February 2005 | by IrigySee all my reviews

A great gangster flick, with brilliant performances by well-known actors with great action scenes? Well, not this one.

It's rather amazing to see such a wide cast of well-known actors, that have many good movies in their filmographies in such a movie, without doubt this may be one of the worst they could possibly appear in.

First of all, the plot is as you'd expect it from your average gangster biography, nothing new, nothing fancy in it. The way it is told makes the movie look a LOT longer than it is (when i thought the two hours should be almost over, i was quite surprised that only 45 minutes had passed).

The action scenes look a lot like those from 80ies TV series - the A-Team, for example. It's just that in the 80ies (esp. with the A-Team) those scenes were far more sophisticated than those in "El Padrino". It's especially fun to see the guys point their guns in the air and still hit something (not to talk about people that take cover behind car doors which later look like they've been shot through).

The acting fits quite nicely to the action. Either you get the same reaction to everything that happens (Dolph Lundgren style), or it's so overacted that you may think it's a parody (but unfortunately it's not).

My advise is to stay away from this movie, any other gangster movie is better than this one.


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