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Teddy Wilson died shortly after filming the prison interrogation and Delano city jail scenes.
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Adan Hernandez was commissioned to paint thirty paintings for the film. All the paintings that were in the film were done by him. Adan was in the Gallery opening scene as Gilbert.
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A whole subplot involving Paco's girlfriend/wife was cut.
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Danny Trejo, the actor who plays Geronimo of the La Onda council, once actually did time in San Quentin. During the final gathering of the council, Miklo stated that he was headed back to Texas via interstate compact - Trejo's cousin (film director Robert Rodriguez) is from San Antonio.
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The Hispanic prison gang "La Onda," depicted in this film, is a fictional creation of Jimmy Santiago Baca and Taylor Hackford, but the gang is based on the real-life Mexican Mafia prison gang. The other two gangs depicted were the "BGA" (Black Guerrilla Army) and the "AV'ers" (Aryan Vanguard). They represented the real life gangs the Black Guerrilla Family and the Aryan Brotherhood, respectively.
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Originally titled "Blood In Blood Out", which is the motto of La Onda, the prison gang in the film. Before the film's release in Spring of 1993, the title and all posters were changed because Disney which produced the film under their Hollywood Pictures banner, felt that it would promote or influence violence especially among the L.A. gangs where the film actually takes place around East Los Angeles. Another possible reason was because of the aftermath of the L.A. riots during this period of time which the studio felt the film's title was too negative. Bound by Honor was chosen and actually portrays the film's message a little more clearly.
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The Pino, the iconic tree shown throughout the film and symbolized the brotherhood, still stands and is now considered a historical monument and will not be permitted to be cut down for any reason.
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Paulo Tocha was once in a gang himself, he turned his life around to become a professional muy Thai fighter.
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Damian Chapa, Benjamin Bratt, and Jesse Borrego lived with real gang members in East Los Angeles for 3 months in order to help the actors develop the characters they were portraying and perfect their roles in the film.
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At the time of the film's release, there were two soundtracks planned. One consisted of only prerecorded music featured in the film released under Disney's label, Hollywood Records. The second one was to have featured Academy Award winner Bill Conti's aggressive Latin score and was to be released by Varese Sarabande Records. While the first album, was released under the films' new title, Bound By Honor, Conti's album was immediately canceled during its'production run under the film's original title, Blood In Blood Out. The film's abrupt title change may have been one of the reasons this album was canceled. This run of the CD actually does exist, but not made available to the general public despite the fact that a more than a few copies of it have leaked out onto the market, mainly for promotional services within the film industry. This CD has the unique distinction of being one of the rarest soundtracks in existence and rarely available for sale. A listing stating "Score album on Varese Sarabande" next to the record company's logo is posted during the film's End Credits and on the back of the film's VHS, Laserdisc and DVD releases.
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The movie was completed over 2 years before its release. Due to Disney having second thoughts of being associated with this film after the LA Riots and American Me's controversial message, the movie was shelved before finally being released.
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No special effects nor prosthetics were used on Damian Chapa ( Miklos ) leg. In fact, A stunt double, who looked almost identical and had a prosthetic leg was used during the camera angles. Their are several times throughout the movie where Miklos hair is darker and thicker in which case its when the stunt double is filling in. One scene in particular, when the AV'rs take Miklos leg and are disrespecting him, when he falls on the floor and drags himself, you can clearly tell it's not Damian Chapa.
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The original version was over 5 hours long. During editing they decided to cut the 5 hour long movie into 3 movies Part 1 would end when Paco shoots Miklo. Part 2 would contain al of the prison sequences. Part 3 would've involved Montana's daughter growing up and learning how to move drugs and money which would eventually lead her to Miklo and her fathers murder would come full circle.
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The movie was screened and shown in trailers as Blood in Blood out. However, after the LA Riots and the controversy surrounding gangster rap at the time, the name was released as "Bound by Honor", which many fans had no idea was the same film, and led to poor earnings. After almost a year later, as the movie gained a huge following , the film was re-released under the name " blood in blood out, bound by honor "
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Edward James Olmos was originally considered to direct this film, but he decided to turn it down because he wanted to focus more on the reality of American Me (1992).
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Rapper Lord Jamar's favorite movie.
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Although he was never a member of or affiliated with any gangs, Damian Chapa has stated in an interview that he very much related to the "Miklo" character because, 1.) Similar to "Miklo", Chapa is of both Caucasion and Latino descent, and 2.) Many aspects of the relationships between "Miklo" and his fictional family were very similar and parallel to the relationships and experiences that Chapa had with members of his real-life Latino family.
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