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Born in East L.A. (1987)

R | | Comedy | 21 August 1987 (USA)
When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.

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Cheech Marin

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Cheech Marin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Rudy
Paul Rodriguez ... Javier
Daniel Stern ... Jimmy
Kamala Lopez ... Dolores
Jan-Michael Vincent ... McCalister (as Jan Michael Vincent)
Lupe Ontiveros ... Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero Urbanie Lucero ... Rudy's Sister
Chastity Ayala Chastity Ayala ... Rudy's Niece
David Perez David Perez ... Rudy's Nephew
Neith Hunter Neith Hunter ... Marcie
Larry Blackmon Larry Blackmon ... Slick Dude
Tito Larriva ... Oscar
Geoffrey Rivas ... Immigration Aide (as Geoff Rivas)
Eddie Barth ... Lester
Miguel Delgado Miguel Delgado ... Jose
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Storyline

Rudy is an American of Mexican descent who is caught up in an immigration raid on a factory. Deported to Mexico as an undocumented immigrant, he has no way of proving that he is in fact an American citizen, and is forced to rely on his cunning to sneak his way back home. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

A Comedy Bordering On Insanity See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un pícaro de Los Ángeles See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,355,263
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Clear Type See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rudy's hat translates to "No beer No work". See more »

Goofs

When Border Patrol Agents arrest someone and deport them back to their country of origin, they just don't put them on a bus and send them directly back to the border. They have to follow a procedure, in which the illegal immigrant get sent to the Border Patrol station and they get processed. Which includes confirming Identity, finger printing, background checks, and taking photos. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: What are you guys in for?
Thug #1: The good times.
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Alternate Versions

The television broadcast version adds at least 15 to 20 minutes of footage. In this footage, Rudy does make it across the border only to be captured by kidnappers with his friends. He is held for ransom in the house across the street from his home and is rescued by the border patrol. When he hears that Dolores will have to be sent back across the border, he marries her and makes her a citizen. That's why the priest is behind them in the last shot of the TV versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in One True Thing (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime Blues
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Capehart and Eddie Cochran
Performed by Cheech Marin
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One of the greatest opening credits in film history.
20 November 2001 | by hightideSee all my reviews

Only three memorable things about this movie: Neith Hunter in a painted on dress that comes down no further than a bathing suit, in four inch spike heels, walking across some city streets. And then standing over Cheech as he comes out from under her car. Oh, my god. Jan Michael Vincent, no longer The Worldest Greatest Athlete. Now perfectly cast as a puffy, dim-witted, horrifying example of the wastes of alcohol. The theme song's not bad.


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