When Cheech Marin is accidently deported to Mexico without i.d. or knowledge of Spanish and unable to convince U.S. officials to let him back in the U.S., the comedy begins. In between unsuccessful schemes to cross the border he gets duped by a dippy doorman, picked on by prison pals, and smitten by a senorita.
Cheech Marin - American Comic Actor
Richard Marin - American Comic Actor
Richard "Cheech" Marin - American Comic Actor
Jan-Michael Vincent - American TV/Film Actor
Jan Michael Vincent - American TV/Film Actor
Kamala Lopez-Dawson - American Actress
Kamala Lopez - American Actress
Kamala Dawson - American Actress
Daniel Stern - American actor
Neith Hunter - Supporting Actress
Paul Rodriguez - American Comedian
Native-born American Rudy Robles is mistakenly deported in a U. S. Immigration Service raid. Caught without any identification or money, the non-Spanish-speaking Rudy struggles to scrape together enough cash to buy his way back across the border. Meanwhile, though, he's busy romancing an immigrant from El Salvador, dealing with the culture shock and a trying to get help from a moronic cousin.
Based on Cheech Marin's song, "Born in East L.A.," a parody of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." "Born in East L.A." was Cheech's first effort after splitting with Tommy Chong. Filmed in CFI Color, Prints by Deluxe. Some television cuts of the film run 93 minutes, 6 minutes longer than other prints. The New York Times listed the running time as 98 minutes.
"...Amiable....Amusing....Good hearted..." - 08/26/1987 Variety
"...An across-the-board winner, an exuberant crowd-pleaser....Marin has come up with a great, simple idea and then has run with it the full, hilarious distance..." - 08/24/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C1