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La Mission (2009)

R | | Drama | 19 January 2009 (USA)
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La Mission is a movie starring Benjamin Bratt, Alex Hernandez, and Christopher Borgzinner. A single-parent ex-con in a tough, minority neighborhood finds his personal values challenged when he discovers his son is gay.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Che Rivera
... Smoke
Christopher Borgzinner ... Nacho (as Chris Borgzinner)
... Jes Rivera
Cesar Gomez ... Gummy Bear
Neo Veavea ... Kenny
Cathleen Riddley ... Shell
Martin Cantu ... Store Owner
Xochiti Guzman ... Fine Mission Mamacita
Marco Serralta ... Chuy (as Marcos Serralta)
... Ana (as Talisa Soto Bratt)
... Rene
... Jordan
Ramon Ovando ... Little Man
Tatiana Maricely ... Nadine (as Tatiana Rivas)
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Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Written by Global Cinema

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...from the thorn emerges the flower

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content

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Mission Street Rhapsody  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,046, 11 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,040,000, 1 August 2010
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Would be Talisa Soto's first acting role in 7 years since her role in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002). It would also be her last current acting role in her career (not counting an uncredited cameo in Elysium (2013) as Tisha). See more »

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In the opening scene, Che is shown putting the poles of a trolleybus onto electric wires above. When the bus pulls up to the bus stop, Che is driving one of Muni's Hybrid/electric buses, which runs on its own power and does not have trolley poles. See more »

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[repeated line]
Rene: Hey, yo! Can we dance with yo dates?
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Machete
performed by Santero & Orlando Torriente
Music courtesy of Round World Music
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La Mission
19 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a fantastic film.

Benjamin Bratt gives his heart and soul in this performance as Che Riveria and Erika Alexander is stunning as Lena.

This film is rich with the colors, energy and music of the Mission district of San Francisco.

Writer/director Peter Bratt lets us into the world of a man defined by his culture. A culture that gives him a second chance at life and rewards masculinity and strength will also prove to be his downfall.

This father/son story is heartfelt. Che Riveria is a tough man but will need to dig deep to find the courage needed to prove he is worthy in the eyes of his son.


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