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A Better Life (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 2011 (Thailand)
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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.

Director:

Chris Weitz

Writers:

Eric Eason (screenplay), Roger L. Simon (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demián Bichir ... Carlos Galindo (as Demian Bichir)
Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo ... Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo
Joaquín Cosio ... Blasco Martinez
José Julián ... Luis Galindo
Nancy Lenehan ... Mrs. Donnelley
Gabriel Chavarria ... Ramon
Bobby Soto ... Facundo
Chelsea Rendon ... Ruthie Valdez
Trampas Thompson ... School Security Officer
Tim Griffin ... Juvie Officer
Valorie Hubbard ... School Secretary
Dolores Heredia ... Anita
Isabella Rae Thomas ... Linda
Carlos Linares ... Santiago
Robert Peters ... Truck Driver
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Storyline

Carlos Galindo is a decent man, a Mexican single parent working as a gardener in California to raise Luis, his fourteen-year-old son, whom Carlos is frightened will drift into local gang culture. Carlos buys a truck for his work with money loaned by his sister but a shifty new employee steals it from him and, though Carlos and Luis track the thief down, he has sold the truck. Father and son bond as they reclaim the vehicle from the pound but Carlos attracts police attention, making his future in America uncertain when it is discovered that he is an illegal immigrant. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every father wants more for his son

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 July 2011 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gardener See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,087, 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,759,252

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,863,419
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bichir was nominated for Best Actor for the 2012 Oscars. See more »

Goofs

At 21:10, the size and shape of the bread that Santiago is giving to Carlos Galindo is different from different angles. See more »

Quotes

Carlos Galindo: This truck is my only chance to grow this into something big. So we can move out of here and get you in a better school.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Inspiring Immigration Movies (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hay Ojitos
Written by Cornelio Reyna and Dionicio Sanchez
Performed by Intocable
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Great Film
16 December 2011 | by dwejbeSee all my reviews

the film "A Better Life" is one of the best films I seen this year and one of the favorites of all time. The film "A Better Life" is such a touching film and it will touch you if you have had a hard time just make it day to day in life. This film is about people who work hard everyday and at the end of the day they can never get ahead.This film will teach others who take their life's for granted, not to take their life's for grant because there are people in this world that want the simple things in life like parents that just want to spend time with their kids and they cannot because they have to work or do other thing.The film "A Better Life is about the people and for the people. I highly recommend this movie to others.


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