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Strike One (2014)

A young boy living in a gang-controlled place finds that he might be able to get by in his neighborhood, but possibly never get out because he is affiliated with gang-related activities.

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David Llauger Meiselman (as David Llauger-Meiselman)

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Howard Cohen, Lawrence Smilgys (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Corral Alan Corral ... Javier
Danny Trejo ... Manny Garcia
James Russo ... Paul Fairfield
Billy Gallo ... Sgt. Veritas
French Stewart ... Director
Alma Martinez ... Mrs. Garcia
Reginald VelJohnson ... Judge Morris
Lawrence Smilgys Lawrence Smilgys ... Alan Hartford
Johnny Ortiz ... Juan Garcia
Maria Isa Maria Isa ... Angie Garcia
Kyara Campos Kyara Campos ... Diana Garcia
Zahn McClarnon ... Muerto Leader
Mariano 'Big Dawg' Mendoza ... Muerto Muscle (as Mariano Mendoza)
James Tumminia ... District Attorney Ben O' Connor
Jocelyn Cruz Jocelyn Cruz ... Mika
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Juan Garcia is a boy on the threshold of manhood living in a gang-controlled neighborhood. His role models could not be further apart: his older sister Angie, a single mom, struggling to gain a foothold in the white corporate world and his uncle Manny, an ex-gang member, who has fallen into an acting career playing gang bangers since his release from prison. With the future on his doorstep, Juan, like most boys, can only think of girls and is unaware of the judicial system's hard line stance against gang affiliation. Written by Strike One Films

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We are all equal...in the eyes of the law.

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Eye-opening drill-down into the Latino perspective that few outsiders likely fully understand
9 November 2015 | by mapaul-62716See all my reviews

First let me say that I'm not usually a fan of indie films, but I really enjoyed Strike One. I'm your typical moviegoer who likes big budget stuff but in the end I'm more of a story nut. Fortunately, that's where Strike One really shines.

In a nutshell, I'd describe the film as a deep dive exploration into what real life is like on the tough streets of any major city (in this case L.A.) and how different cultures define the words "respect" and "power" depending on where they grew up and what the rules are on those streets. It was eye-opening considering that, where I grew up, respect meant using your brain whereas on the streets, it often means using your brawn.

The message of the film is that it's not about where you grew up or where you started; it's about where you're at and where you're going. What I enjoyed most about this film was that it got to the heart of the story without all the typical Hollywood glitz and glamor—the car chases, shoot-outs, etc.—which is great for a lot of movies where the story is lacking or they need time to fill two hours. Aside from a few directional choices, I found it was a very fast way to spend just under two hours in a chair, which means it was thoroughly enjoyable.

If you've ever wondered why some people try to act gangster or want to appear like they're hood, this movie will answer that question. It will open your eyes to the struggles these kids (who become adults) face daily. It'll make you think differently the next time you see a young blood walking the streets. What's more, the two lead actors in the film are both the real deal. Danny Trejo and Johnny Ortiz have both been in the slammer, and while their acting probably won't meet your typical expectations of Hollywood's big -budget films, they will meet expectations for giving off an authentic Latino vibe that can only be given by those in the know, who have been there.

David Llauger-Meiselman and the entire crew did a great job blending storytelling, art, cinematography, and a great message into a great movie that is worth your time and expense.

Definitely worth a look, and is one of those movies you wish Hollywood would produce more of.


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