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Savage Roses (2002)

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A street-wise Latina is torn between her Bronx gang and the woman she loves.


James Adam Tucker (as James Tucker)


Joshua Nelson





Credited cast:
Misha Gonz-Cirkl ... Toro (as Misha Gonzales)
Tania Galarza Tania Galarza ... Michelle
Aura Vence ... Maribel
Tella Storey Tella Storey ... Loca
Diavanna Zarzuela Diavanna Zarzuela ... Tania
Joshua Nelson Joshua Nelson ... Pedro
Antonio Tomahawk Antonio Tomahawk ... Cabron
Max Goldberg Max Goldberg ... Jewish Man
Jaime Velez Jaime Velez ... Hector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milagros Cepeda Milagros Cepeda ... Aunt Ana
Taryn Devito Taryn Devito ... Sleazy girl
Edward Matos Edward Matos ... Carlos
David Perez David Perez ... Gustavo
Carissa Rosado Carissa Rosado ... Lourdes (as Carissa Faith Rosado)
Brendan Rothman Hicks Brendan Rothman Hicks ... White Boy


Tough, gritty, and sensually enthralling, this cinematic slice of urban gang life explores the oft over-looked world of young, street-smart Latinas. Toro, a tough lesbian gang member, acclimates well to the group as they rob, steal, and hustle. The gang is strong--both sexually and physically--holding sacred both loyalty and the money it takes to survive. Despite the closeness of her gang and sisters, Toro feels isolated. Secrets from her past keep true friendships at bay and harden her already tough exterior. Yet Toro soon meets Michelle, a young mother who moves in with her abusive and cheating boyfriend, residing near where Toro spends time both keeping an eye on the neighborhood and trying to work through her anger. After discovering Michelle bruised and battered, Toro crosses the line of friendship by protecting and defending Michelle--accelerating the relationship beyond mere friendship. Yet their evolving relationship jeopardizes both their safety as the gang's suspicion is ... Written by Johnny LaGuardia

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Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality including dialogue, language, drug content and some violence


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Release Date:

5 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Locas 4 Life See more »


Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


Based on the play Las Rosas Salvaje, also written by Joshua Nelson. Play opened off-off Broadway in New York City at The Flatiron Playhouse in August of 2001. See more »


Maribel: Hey Yo, you call the police, I'm gonna come back here and burn this place to the ground. Then I'll shoot you and your ugly-ass wife...Thanks for the cigarettes though.
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Crazy Credits

The character of Toro's Cat played by Diva Nelson is indeed Writer Joshua Nelson's beautiful cat DIVA. See more »

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Small budget, great acting...
27 January 2004 | by NYFOCUSSee all my reviews

Rented this from Blockbuster...It's very low-budget, like shot on video low-budget but i thought the acting was great. Living in new York these girls are either amazing actresses or they found them on the Bronx streets. Also, for a latina gang movie I was surprised at how touched I was by the love story. I've seen a lot of straight to video gangbang films, especially the Latin type but this definitely had something special about it. I did have some problems with the shaking camera and sound sound problems but I really liked this movie.

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