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The Perez Family (1995)

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the ... See full summary »

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Christine Bell (novel), Robin Swicord (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Tomei ... Dorita Evita Perez
Alfred Molina ... Juan Raul Perez
Anjelica Huston ... Carmela Perez
Chazz Palminteri ... Lt. John Pirelli
Trini Alvarado ... Teresa Perez
Celia Cruz ... Luz Pat
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Indian immigration official
Diego Wallraff ... Angel Diaz
Ellen Cleghorne ... Officer Rhoades
Angela Lanza ... Flavia
Jose Felipe Padron Jose Felipe Padron ... Felipe Perez
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Armando 'Papi' Perez
Bill Sage ... Steve Steverino
Vincent Gallo ... Orlando
Billy Hopkins Billy Hopkins ... Father Aiden
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Storyline

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the process, a political prisoner who hasn't seen his wife for twenty years and a disaffected sugarcane cutter fall in love. An excitable brother and a lovestruck cop contribute to the general confusion. The inevitable humorous romantic entaglements ensue as a final confrontation is set up. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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A family became strangers and strangers became a family. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando salí de Cuba See more »

Filming Locations:

Coral Gables, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,127,645, 14 May 1995

Gross USA:

$2,832,826

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,832,826
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to be directing this film, but pulled out before production started. See more »

Goofs

When Dottie goes to make out with the security guard at the bar, the first wide shot shows her without her orange pants on, just black panties. In the next shot, she is wearing her pants, then the security guard precedes to pull them down, showing the black panties previously shown from a far distance in the first wide shot. See more »

Quotes

Dorita Evita Perez: When I dreamed about coming here. I never dreamed about juan, and when I met him I was free the way I thought the United States was free... inside of him free. After so many years... how could the gods have planned it this way.
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An Historic Perspective
24 February 2002 | by andydufresneSee all my reviews

Marisa Tomei is wonderful! There is a scene it which she is kneeling down in the water just as her boat arrives at Key West which is as sexy with cloth9ing as anything nude I've ever seen. ALfred Molina is great as the confused political prisoner.

The story begins as Alfred Molina sends his family off to America during a crackdown of the Cuban Communists. The former dictator Batista was very kind to capitalists. The country appeared to flourish but there was much poverty. Fidel Castro came to power and many of his political opponents were jailed or killed.

Marisa Tomei is a young worker in the sugar cane fields. News was difficult to come by there. When she gets to the U.S. she doesn't even know that John Wayne has died. (One of her great desires is to have sex with him)

Late in his administration President Carter declared an open door policy to anyone that was able to escape Cuba. As a result, Castro cleared his jails and hospitals of many criminals and insane people. It is in the midst of THIS that Marisa and Alfred meet. He as a released political prisoner trying to find the family he'd already sent to America years earlier, she as a poor worker trying to get to a better life. In the confusion of the long line at immigration and in order to get placed with a sponsor more quickly she claims him as her husband and an old man as her father in law.

For those of us who's families have been here long enough that we don't remember immigration this movie is a great reminder of why so many people have wanted to come here over the years.

You really can't go wrong with this...I bought it on recommendation of a friend and watch it a couple of times a year. It is among my personal top 10.


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