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Gun Hill Road (2011)

R | | Drama | January 2011 (USA)
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An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.

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Rashaad Ernesto Green, Zora Howard (poetry)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Esai Morales ... Enrique Rodriguez
Robert Salzman Robert Salzman ... Sugar
Ty Jones ... Prison Guard
Harmony Santana ... Michael / Vanessa Rodriguez
Robin de Jesus ... Fernando
Judy Reyes ... Angela Rodriguez
Vanessa Aspillaga ... Karina
Miriam Colon ... Gloria
Shirley Rumierk ... Jeanette
Felix Solis ... Pete
Flaco Navaja ... Danny
Franky G ... Tico
Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz ... MC (as Caridad De La Luz)
Dennis Leonard Johnson Dennis Leonard Johnson ... Antoine (as Dennis Johnson)
Ceez Liive Ceez Liive ... Jai
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An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You can't escape who you are

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ган Хилл See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,959, 26 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,994, 23 October 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Michael: You can't just come in here and try to be Papi now.
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Soundtracks

La Felicidad
Performed by Villanosam
Written by Winston Antonio Aponte Acta (BMI)
Published by Juanco Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Sunflower Entertainment Group/Bombon Productions
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A Well-Balanced Mofango
29 March 2013 | by bohiopropSee all my reviews

I had heard buzz about this film; but personally it was hard to imagine how the talents of this combination of actors would gel. This production bravely walks a tightrope of emotions within a family, community and culture that without proper balance would have come off as trite, biased -- or worse: a mess of conflicting emotions. In some ways it reminded me of "La Mission" which had a similar theme but a different approach. How do you address the topics of machismo, trans-sexuality and role definition within any family -- let alone a Latino family faced with the pressures of a multi-faceted big city culture? The director, Rasheed Green, to his credit, gives the audience a time inside the minds of each of the characters; and by the middle of this 86 minute drama it was clear he had the right recipe. It reminded me of making "Mofango" -- a delicious PR dish replete with garlic, herbs spices and textures: if anything is out-of-balance, it throws off the entire preparation! This production has the right blend of all the ingredients.


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