Based on a 1940s Los Angeles murder trial, this film follows the case of members of a Mexican-American gang, led by Henry Reyna (Daniel Valdez), as they are tried and sentenced to San Quentin for a murder they may not have committed. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi
I enjoyed this play in a movie format. It had some great music and some over the top outfits that gave it a great vibe. Edward James Olmos is creepy and magnetic in this, it's hard to take your eyes off him! It get's a little slow and drawn out in the middle but kind of provocative and dramatic in the end.
As of May 26th, 2012 this little gem
still holds it's own, maybe a musical
might not be a bad idea at this late
date -- James Olmos rocks !! as el
Lead Pachuco. I love him, what an actor.
In a Class by itself - cast, music,
script, Director the finest available
for its time 1981 -- Olmos rules !!
-an awesome time to be a Puchuko
--Orale Guey ..
A brilliant play within a film. When that style is done well, it's magic. Amazing acting and directing. I wish I'd been able to see the stage production. I didn't know about this trial or the situations behind it, so it was also a great American history lesson. Why this kind of story isn't in the history books is beyond me. Best part: I still can't stop humming some of those songs!