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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.


(as James Tucker)







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

Also Known As:

Locas 4 Life  »


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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Lesbian, Gangster, Anti-Male, Below Average B-Movie. Can You Say Terrible?
10 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

My one line summary says it all. I agree with the reviewer who compares the acting to a porn movie. It's just horrible. No ifs, ands or buts about it, this movie could not be worse even if I had made it.

It went out of it's way to try to prove women are the stronger sex, physically and mentally. You won't find one positive male figure in this movie. Usually they're either a real jerk or a stereotype of some kind.

My recommendation to anyone who sees this movie sitting on a shelf somewhere is to AVOID AT ALL COSTS! You couldn't pay me to watch this bag of monkey crap again! I'm surprised I got through it all the first time.

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