Having spent much of his early life in prison, actor Danny Trejo discusses his career and how he has overcome a life of crime and addiction.


Brett Harvey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Self
Craig Balkam Craig Balkam ... Self
Danielle Trejo Danielle Trejo ... Self
Danny Trejo ... Self
Danny Trejo Jr. Danny Trejo Jr. ... Self
Donal Logue ... Self
Dyhan Cardona Dyhan Cardona ... Self
Gilbert Trejo Gilbert Trejo ... Self
Gloria Hinojosa Gloria Hinojosa ... Self
Jerry Hernandez Jerry Hernandez ... Self (as Jerry 'Chubby' Hernandez)
Jhonnie Harris Jhonnie Harris ... Self
Mari Matekel Mari Matekel ... Self
Mario Castillo Mario Castillo ... Self
Max Martinez Max Martinez ... Self
Michelle Rodriguez ... Self


71 years in the making, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is the feature documentary experience revealing the extraordinary life journey of Hollywood's most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo. From an early life of drugs, armed robbery and hard prison time, to the red carpets of Hollywood blockbusters and helping troubled addicts. Danny gives a first hand account of one of the greatest transformations of human character ever put to film. To this day, Danny continues to council recovering addicts and speak at state prisons. After 46 years of sobriety, he never forgets his roots and pays forward that which has been bestowed on him. Having spent 71 years starring in a personal expedition that outshines any Hollywood fiction, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, is the shocking story of one mans capacity to overcome his demons, only to discover redemption through the most unlikely of journeys. Through the exploration of his old stomping ground and the supporting cast of family, friends and some ... Written by Brett Harvey

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I owe a debt. I dept to society


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It took a month of contacting Danny Trejo before he warmed to the idea of a documentary about him. Brett Harvey put together a scrapbook of incidents and people from his life that persuaded Trejo that the project was in good hands. See more »


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2 November 2019 | by meagherthomasSee all my reviews

So many good films, but this is a great California Story. There are parts that don't work. The frequent comment by an attractive non-introspective actresses is a detraction. And the first of the film, Danny comes across as eccentric and not genuine, but as the film develops the man comes through and one can not come away impressed. There is one former prison guard out there that did Danny a solid by keeping his mouth shut. We are the beneficiary of Danny and some grace.

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Release Date:

7 July 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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