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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Brett Harvey discovered one of the biggest problems trying to film a conversation with Danny Trejo while he's driving around his local areas (something he loves to do) was the constant interruptions of passers-by shouting "Trejo" or "Machete" at him. These had to be edited out. See more »


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Nothing new as a Documentary. But as a fan of DJ, I enjoyed it.
10 July 2020 | by rochfordsimonSee all my reviews

A bit too long. Skips over his traumas as a child, which were interesting. Too much time spent on his prison life. The movie career section was good, but not great. Absolutely delighted for the man that DJ became, very inspirational. But that could have been portrayed better in the movie. He was a scumbag when younger, then become a working class hero. That aspect could have been detailed more.

None the less, very enjoyable. Too much positivity and not enough reasoning behind the 360 in his life. Documentary of an admirable man, with an ok director.

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Release Date:

7 July 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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