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Pedro (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 April 2009 (USA)
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In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive gay man to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, ... See full summary »

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Nick Oceano

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Dustin Lance Black (screenplay), Paris Barclay (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Loynaz ... Pedro Zamora
Justina Machado ... Mily
Hale Appleman ... Judd
DaJuan Johnson ... Sean Sasser
Jenn Liu ... Pam
Roy Sanchez Roy Sanchez ... Alex
Karolin Luna ... Rachel
Matt Barr ... Puck
Anibal O. Lleras ... Hector Zamora
Teresa Hernández Teresa Hernández ... Mrs. Zamora
Alexis Garcia Alexis Garcia ... George
Amy Lewis Amy Lewis ... Corey
Rafael Mondino ... Mohammed
Jorge Blanco Muñoz ... Jesus (as Jorge Blanco Cruz)
Leonardo Castro Leonardo Castro ... Hector Jr. (as Leonardo Striche)
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In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive gay man to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, good-looking Latino. His presence on the show also meant that audiences in the United States and abroad had to engage with the topic of AIDS. A screen adaptation of Pedro Zamora's life: his childhood in Havana as the youngest of eight children, his immigration to the United States, his hard work as an AIDS activist, his appearance on 'The Real World' as well as the short time that was left to him subsequently. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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The True Story of Pedro Zamora. See more »

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Not Rated

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English | Spanish

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1 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Puerto Rico See more »

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BMP Films See more »
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Color
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Original cast members Pam Ling and Judd Winick (now married) have cameo appearance in the film with their baby. See more »

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At one point, a doctor asks Pedro what age he is, to which he replies "23". The doctor says this is correct, but in reality, Pedro died when he was 22 years old. See more »

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I Expected More Than A Movie Of The Week
24 May 2009 | by peteseaSee all my reviews

Pedro Zamora broke new ground as an HIV positive AIDS activist on national television on MTV's The Real World. This film, unfortunately, does not break much new ground – we get to know more about Pedro and his leaving Cuba and him dealing with AIDS and his treatments, but it leaves me wanting more. This is more of a Movie Of The Week than a film that celebrates Pedro's life and achievements.

I am a big fan of The Real World and Pedro's season had more drama in it than this movie. The whole Puck arc on The Real World (and even the Rachel and Pedro one) had much more tension and emotion than this film does. It has been 15 years since Pedro passed away, couldn't we have gotten a better script given all the time that it could have been worked on? This film's message is still relevant today, but our relative enlightenment on homosexuality, STDs, sex education and safe sex makes the subject not as taboo as it was 15 years ago.

For me, Alex Loynaz' portrayal of Pedro does not capture the strong life force and intensity that Pedro did have. I did appreciate the cameo that Judd, Pam and their kids had – I wish that all the cast members had participated with their comments in a documentary style instead of the actors who portrayed them.


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