In this epic drama exploring Chicano life in East Los Angeles, Miklo (Damian Chapa), Cruz (Jesse Borrego), and Paco (Benjamin Bratt) are three young cousins raised as brothers. Miklo, born of a Chicano mother and a white father, is Chicano on the inside, but feels betrayed by his white skin and blue eyes that keep him on the fringes of his Chicano heritage. Desperate to belong to what he feels is his true family, he'll do anything to be a part of his cousins' gang--his "family." But a retaliatory attack on a rival gang sends Miklo, out on probation, back to prison, and he finds himself in San Quentin. As he serves his time and tries to find a place in the Latino power group in prison--La Onda--his hotheaded cousin Paco turns to a career in law enforcement, while Cruz makes his way as a successful artist. Cruz's career hits a dead end after he gets addicted to drugs and inadvertently causes a tragedy that alientates him from his family. With their respective paths drawing the family apart, the three men must find out who they are, and whether they can hold on to the bond that once united them. Benjamin Bratt and Jesse Borrego turn in believable, moving portrayals as Miklo's cousins in this decade-spanning drama loosely based on actual prison gang riots in the 1980s.
Main Cast & Crew:
Taylor Hackford - Director
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 174
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 717951008701
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: June 2000
BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT is an epic drama exploring Chicano life in East Los Angeles. Three cousins raised as brothers follow separate paths--law, art and crime. Through it all, family and honor keep their lives intertwined.
Theatrical release: April 30, 1993. The San Quentin scenes were shot on location at the prison. Chicano screenwriter Jimmy Santiago Baca is a high school dropout who became a poet while he was in prison. The title, BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT, refers to the code of a prison gang.
"...Like one of those huge wall murals that give bold, defiant color to an urban landscape....[Chapa, Bratt and Borrego] are excellent..." - 04/30/1993 New York Times, p.C8
"...BOUND BY HONOR comes fully alive when it moves behind bars. There's an exploitative thrill built into the genre..." - 05/14/1993 Entertainment Weekly, p.39
"...BOUND BY HONOR contains some effective performances, some moments of deeply felt truth..." - 04/23/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.45