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Walkout (2006)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 18 March 2006
Based on a true story, student activist and Mexican-American Paula Crisostomo (Vega), tired of being treated unequally, decides to take action and stage a walkout at five East Los Angeles ... See full summary »


Edward James Olmos


Marcus DeLeon (teleplay), Ernie Contreras (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexa PenaVega ... Paula Crisostomo (as Alexa Vega)
Michael Peña ... Sal Castro
Yancey Arias ... Panfilo Crisostomo
Laura Harring ... Francis Crisostomo
Efren Ramirez ... Bobby Verdugo
David Warshofsky ... Lloyd Hurley
Holmes Osborne ... Principal Ingles (as Holmes Osbourne)
Tim DeKay ... Mr. Peck
Tonantzin Esparza ... Vickie Castro
Bodie Olmos ... Moctesuma Esparza
Veronica Diaz Carranza ... Yoli Rios (as Veronica A. Diaz)
Jeremy Ray Valdez ... Robert Avila
Jonathan Hernandez ... Fernie Flores
Fidel Gomez ... Carlos Montes
Douglas Spain ... David Sanchez


Based on a true story, student activist and Mexican-American Paula Crisostomo (Vega), tired of being treated unequally, decides to take action and stage a walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968, to protest educational conditions and complain of anti-Mexican educational bias along with some 10,000 students. Paula Crisostomo (now Romo) is not Mexican- American--she is Filipina-American. She and her husband, then boyfriend were roommates of mine in college. We are very good friends and I see her often. Written by Norma Schaffer

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Release Date:

18 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Moctesuma Esparza was actually one of the persons arrested in the real life walkout of 1968. See more »


In the scene where Robert drops off Paula at her home, Al is wearing a yellow shirt. In the next scene, inside the house, Al's shirt is blue. See more »


Moctesuma Esparza: Boycott the schools?
Paula Crisostomo: Yes!
Harry Gamboa: That's not a good idea!
Moctesuma Esparza: Oh it isn't?
Harry Gamboa: No! You wanna know why?
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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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16 May 2006 | by spicylinaSee all my reviews

Base on what I'm reading about your article. I am a Latina born

and was raised in East Los Angeles CA .I also have some native American-Navajo and I'm very proud of my bloods and my people.I attended.Garfield high school, and I am very proud of where i came from and let me further say how many famous people attended East l.a. schools

many famous actors ,sport alumni Edward j. Olmos,Oscar Delahoya Mike Garret Rosie Grier,Anthony Quinn, Antonio Veragosa,Los Lobos and many more.Edward J.Olmos was a neighbor of mine.Hes a man with great pride, respect for his work and his people. we are proud Chicanos And to answer your question about restrooms being close during lunch? YES they were my uncles and my cousin attended both Roosevelt high and Garfield high and restrooms were locked during lunch. At Belevedere Jr. high the boys were swatted with a belt if there shirts were not tucked in by the dean Mr.Subriskey,Mrs Flores the dean of girls was a very mean woman.Girls were not allowed to wear pants in the 60's, this woman would come into the classes daily to measure the girls skirts with a yard stick from the knee. And if they were above the knee even an inch, you were hit with that yard stick. These were real events which also started the east L.A. riots. You brag about the Asian's being high achievers ?Let me say native American Indian's do not like to be classified with Asian's at all.Virgil high school was not in East Los Angeles Ca. This movie is based on our community schools.Hispanics have dreams of moving forward,United We Stand support our troops.

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