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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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Film shot in only six days. 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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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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Who Thinks This Is Great Acting? ZERO of 10!
8 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

You want great acting? Watch anything by Robert DeNiro or Edward Norton. Stay far away from this.

After seeing this movie and coming to the conclusion that not ONE person, male or female, in this movie seems to have an ounce of acting skill in their entire bodies, I feel tricked into expecting some great acting by reviewers for this movie. They can't even make a beating look decent!

Misha Gonzalez needs to find a new profession, though I doubt she's making her living on this. The film is clearly on her shoulders and she buckles under the pressure. Her dialogue sounds like a "slow" child trying to read.

Maybe I'm directing my criticism to the wrong people. If I was the director, I would never let my name be attached to this trash. In fact, I would have had an entirely different cast.

This was bad even for a High School project. Can't say it much clearer than that. Zero of 10 if possible.

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