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R| 2 hr. 5 min.

Plot Summary
As a young man, Montoya Santana (Edward James Olmos) is introduced to gang life on the tough streets of Los Angeles after spending his youth in reform school. Soon Santana finds himself facing an 18-year prison sentence. In jail, he works his way to the top of the institution's violent drug trade, but, on his release from prison, he opts for a redemptive, family-centered lifestyle. However, his gangster friends (Pepe Serna, William Forsythe) try to force him back into illegal activities.

Cast: Edward James Olmos , William Forsythe , Pepe Serna , Danny De La Paz , Evelina Fernandez , Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa , Daniel Villareal , Sal Lopez

Director: Edward James Olmos

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Universal Pictures

American Me (1992)

Release Date: February 26th, 1992|2 hr. 5 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Olmos is unsparing in depicting the dark side of human behavior. His in-your-face style stresses the urgency of a situation most of us choose to ignore. Though powerful, the film is sometimes preachy; there's a sense that information is being disseminated instead of dramatized. But it's hard to believe anyone will remain unmoved by American Me or its final shattering image of human desolation. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    In American Me, Edward James Olmos has achieved several important goals, but one outweighs the rest: he has made a film that will scare the hell out of any inner-city youth not already lost to the hopelessness of gangs, drugs and prison. [9 Mar 1992] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 shown with the understated conviction of a director who is sure of his material. show more

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