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Cruzando (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | April 2009 (USA)
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What do you do if the day your first child is to be born is also the same day your father is to be executed? If you're MANNY, you use your father's impending execution as an excuse to flee ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Mando Alvarado ... Diego
David Barrera ... The Matador
Tony Campisi Tony Campisi ... Earl
Donna Daley Donna Daley
Janis Dardaris Janis Dardaris ... Grace
Michael Ray Escamilla ... Manuel
Maria Helan Maria Helan ... Maia
Sarena Kennedy Sarena Kennedy ... Taquita
Nina Leon ... Earl's wife
Gilberto Ortiz Gilberto Ortiz ... Hector
Gerardo Rodriguez ... Ignacio
Gina Sanchez Gina Sanchez ... Nurse Judy
Diana Yvonne Diana Yvonne ... Chita


What do you do if the day your first child is to be born is also the same day your father is to be executed? If you're MANNY, you use your father's impending execution as an excuse to flee the daunting responsibility of fatherhood. There's only one problem: Manny lives in Monterrey, Mexico and his father sits in on death row in Texas. Against his wife's wishes, Manny embarks on an ill-planned quest to cross the border to see his father, hoping that the trip will buy him time and insight into his upcoming responsibility. CRUZANDO is a road-trip tale about friendship, fatherhood, and self-discovery that winds itself through the distinct culture of the Texas-Mexico border. The film combines off-beat humor with pathos in showing a young man discovering who he is and what he is meant to be. Accompanied by his childhood best friend, he embarks on a journey in which he crosses paths with luchador coyotes, renegade cowboys, desert angels, and a host of others along the beautiful, surreal, and... Written by Anonymous

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There's no place like home...even if home is not all that great.


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April 2009 (USA) See more »

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San Antonio, Texas, USA See more »

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Great Indie Film
5 June 2011 | by basilicatheplaySee all my reviews

This is a quirky indie film with a lot of heart. It has moments of laughter, sadness, a real sense of what a border crossing is like but hopeful and rich in acting, editing, and the cinematography is outstanding. Rent it. You won't be disappointed. I've seen this film at a few film festivals. And had the privileged of attending its screening premiere in McAllen Texas. The audience response was awesome. They laughed a lot. Everyone in the theater really enjoyed the twists and turns Cruzando provided. Its not what you expect from a movie that deals with immigration crossing. It takes you on a ride and it doesn't dwell on the dramatic nature of the immigration experience. It's a good story. You feel for the characters and I love the ending. Bold.

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