American Me

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Released 1992

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Director:
Edward James Olmos
Released:
1992
Rating:
R
American Me is a gritty character drama about Mexican gang life written and directed by Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica"). Santana Montoya (Edward James Olmos) grows up among the tough street gangs of East Los Angeles. He eventually lands in prison and spends the next 18 years serving hard time at Folsom Prison where he joins the Latino drug operation behinds bars. Over time, he becomes the leader of the violent and powerful prison gang. But once he gets parole, Santana wants to leave the criminal life behind and returns to his old neighborhood. He takes a menial job and even meets a woman, Julie (Evelina Fernandez), who accepts his past. Yet, Santa struggles to fit in with civilian life. The local Mexican mafia, as well as his family and friends, pressure him to return to gangster lifestyle. The brutal violence, sexual content and graphic drug use make this 1992 film best suited to mature audiences.

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie was mostly shot on two difficult locations: The streets of East L.A., and inside Folsom Prison. It knows these worlds. The language, the clothes, the attitudes, are all s...

  • 70

    Variety

    The criminal life is portrayed with all the glamour of a mugshot in American Me, a powerful indictment of the cycle of violence bred by the prisons and street culture.

  • 60

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    But Mr. Olmos's direction, from a screenplay by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano, is dark, slow and solemn, so much so that it diverts energy from the film's fundamental frankness. ...

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Crime, Mobsters, Latino Dramas