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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Bound by Honor (original title)
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo.

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

Ross Thomas (story), Jimmy Santiago Baca (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Chapa ... Miklo
Jesse Borrego ... Cruz
Benjamin Bratt ... Paco
Enrique Castillo ... Montana
Victor Rivers ... Magic Mike
Delroy Lindo ... Bonafide
Tom Towles ... Red Ryder
Carlos Carrasco ... Popeye
Teddy Wilson ... Wallace
Raymond Cruz ... Chuey
Valente Rodriguez ... Frankie
Lanny Flaherty ... Big Al
Billy Bob Thornton ... Lightning
Geoffrey Rivas ... Carlos
Karmin Murcelo Karmin Murcelo ... Dolores
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Storyline

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.

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Taglines:

An epic story of three brothers. Bound by blood. Divided by fate. Driven by destiny. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood In, Blood Out See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,548, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:

$4,496,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,496,583
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Barrio Epic
16 June 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Based on the real life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, Bound By Honor covers two decades in the latter half of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of half brothers Benjamin Bratt and Jesse Borrego and their cousin Damian Chapa. Growing up more or less together, all three start out as gang bangers, but each has a different destiny and in many ways one's destiny is caused by the actions of the others.

Borrego gets injured in a gang retaliation and works hard to not become a cripple. He does however become both a painter of note and a drug addict of considerable appetite. A tragedy there sets him and Bratt apart.

Bratt also winds up in a feud with Chapa. When both were young gang bangers and looking to retaliate for Borrego, Bratt and Chapa are arrested. Because this was Bratt's first offense he got a choice of the military or jail time and he chose the Marines. Chapa however was sent to prison, to San Quentin to be precise where he joined the Chicano prison gang La Onda. Pretty soon Chapa is high in the gang councils and deep in the politics of the prison. Bratt in the meantime joins the LAPD and destiny makes these two collide.

Bound By Honor has an epic quality almost a kind of Chicano Gone With The Wind. The mostly Hispanic cast do a great job in depicting life in the Barrio. The film runs just about three hours and it's a tribute to director Taylor Hackford that your interest doesn't flag for a minute.

Hackford also creates many interesting supporting characters two numerous to mention, always the mark of a good film. But your interest is always in the three leads. You get to care about what is to become of them, what destiny has in store.

There are certain similarities between Bound By Honor and the Edward James Olmos film, American Me. Personally I give a slight edge to this one, don't miss it if it is broadcast.


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