Born in East L.A. (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born in East L.A. (1987)




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When accidentally caught up in a Immigration Department raid, an American-born Hispanic is "returned" to Mexico. Speaking virtually no Spanish, he is reduced to working a variety of jobs for a crooked saloon owner to make the money to pay for his "illegal immigration" back into the United States.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cheech Marin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 1998
Universal Pictures


Kamala Lopez
as Dolores
Lupe Ontiveros
as Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero
as Rudy's Sister
Larry Blackmon
as Slick Dude
Geoffrey Rivas
as Immigration Aide
David Yanez
as Alter Boy
Mike Moroff
as Thug #2
Diana Bellamy
as Harry's Wife
Ronald G. Joseph
as Tattoo Prisoner
Chastity Ayala
as Rudy's Niece
Noble Willingham
as Border Patrol Sargea...
David Perez
as Rudy's Nephew
Randal Patrick
as Border Patrol Office...
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Border Patrol Office...
Vic Trevino
as Border Patrol Office...
Del Zamora
as What's Happening Boy...
Jason Scott Lee
as What's Happening Boy...
Mark L. Taylor
as TV Evangelist
Dyana Ortelli
as Mother with Oranges
Humberto Ortiz
as Boy with Oranges
Daniel Valdez
as Norteno Trio
David Silva
as Norteno Trio
Lilyan Chauvin
as German Woman
Angela Moya
as Mexican Wife
David Selberg
as Policeman
Sam Vlahos
as Father Sanchez
Eloy Casados
as Thug #1
Josh Cruze
as Jail Truck Driver
David Silva
as Norteno Trio
Terrence Evans
as Immigration Officer
Sal Lopez
as What's Happening Boy...
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Critic Reviews for Born in East L.A.

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Without the drugs or Tommy Chong, Marin still have something to offer.

July 23, 2004
Nitrate Online

Surprisingly pleasant, warm comedy.

January 8, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Born in East L.A.

A Comedy Bordering On Insanity

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Somewhat funny, but Cheech keeps hammering the title point "Born in East L.A." over our heads until it's annoying.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Funny flick. I liked this one and my brother and I always watched it.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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