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...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)

| Drama | 5 May 1995 (USA)
Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing... See full summary »

Director:

Severo Perez

Writers:

Tomás Rivera (novel), Severo Perez
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jose Alcala Jose Alcala ... Marcos
Rose Portillo ... Florentina
Art Bonilla ... Lalo
Marco Rodríguez ... Joaquin
Lupe Ontiveros ... Doña Rosa
Daniel Valdez Daniel Valdez ... Bartolo
Evelyn Guerrero Evelyn Guerrero ... Lupita
Sam Vlahos ... Don Cleto
Sal Lopez ... El Mohado
Miguel Rodríguez Miguel Rodríguez ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francisco Aragon ... Julian (as Frank Aragon)
James Jude Courtney ... Carpenter
Gregory Gifford Giles ... Father Josef (as Gregory Giles)
Sara Harris Sara Harris ... Nun
Halbert Hernandez ... (as Halbert Bernal)
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Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing is awful, sometimes the boss furnishes no water as the hands labor, and TB goes untreated. In good times the pay is $15 a day for adults, half that for children. For a few sordid weeks, his parents leave him in the care of a corrupt couple, he's expelled from school for hitting back, and he finds solace in a graveyard. As his parents long for their missing son, as folks gather around a local troubadour for songs of romance, comedy, and heartbreak, Marcos observes and remembers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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texas | song | school | minnesota | migrant | See All (55) »

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a haunting remembrance of Chicano family life in the 1950s

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...y no se lo tragó la tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Impressive study on new immigrants
17 June 2013 | by basil406See all my reviews

I ordered this DVD after reading about it and watching Jose Alcala's performance in Finding the way home, a TV movie that was made in 1991.

Coming out of the hands of Tomás Rivera (1935–1984), son of migrant workers and who worked on the fields, the portrayal couldn't have been better done. It's no wonder the 1971 semi-autobiographical novel won the first Premio Quinto Sol award.

Director Severo Perez has endeavored successfully to preserve the mood and emotions of the Mexican migrants while he was 75 years old.

Playing the role of the boy, Marcos, the main character, Jose Alcala's acting career seems to have ended after this movie which was released in 1995. What happened to this child-actor? He must be in his late 20's or early 30's now.


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