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The Perez Family (1995)



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This lively comedy-drama focuses on the chaotic lives of Cuban immigrants struggling to make it in Miami. The story centers on Juan Raul Perez, who has finally been released from a Cuban prison, and his attempts to join his wife and daughter who are waiting for him in the U.S.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Robin Swicord
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
Hallmark Entertainment


Marisa Tomei
as Dottie Perez
Alfred Molina
as Juan Raul Perez
Anjelica Huston
as Carmela Perez
Chazz Palminteri
as Officer Pirelli
Trini Alvarado
as Teresa Perez
Celia Cruz
as Luz Pat
Diego Wallraff
as Angel Diaz
Jose Philipe Padron
as Felipe Perez
Ranjit Chowdhry
as Ranjit, Indian Immi...
Ellen Cleghorne
as Officer Rhoades
Lázaro Pérez
as Armando `Papi' Perez
Bill Sage
as Steve Steverino
Billy Hopkins
as Officer Aiden
Ruben Rabasa
as Father Martinez
Salvadore Levy
as Customer #2
Gustavo Laborie
as Cuban Official
Luis Torres
as Guajiro Drummer #1
Paloma Delaijrentil
as Transvestite on Boat
Oscar Gonzalez
as Old Guajiro
Florencio Santana
as Old Guajiro
Magaly Aguelo
as Angel's Secretary
Marc Macaulay
as Male Volunteer
Luis Raul
as News Photographer
Antoni Corone
as Security
Jorge Luis Ramone
as Cuban Prison Guard
Mira Nair
as Woman Buying Flowers
Ana Carballosa
as Woman of Many Faces
José Felipe Padron
as Felipe Perez
Salvador Levy
as Customer
Melissa Ramone
as Young Carmela
Mel Gorham
as Vilma/Raquel
Luis E. Torres Menes...
as Guajiro Drummer
Ángel González
as Guajiro Drummer
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Critic Reviews for The Perez Family

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

Mira Nair's consistent exploration of the search for home is admirable, but her movie is burdened by an unconvincing ensemble that's unable to elevate the serio-comic exploration of Cuban immigrants into a poignant tale.

Full Review… | October 8, 2006
Top Critic

Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala found humor in ethnic chaos, and the Indian-born director does so again.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 12, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Perez Family


A ridiculous comedy, which seems to have a much worthy cast than this film gives it credit; Chaz Palminteri, Angelica Houston, Marissa Tomei and Vincent Gallo all of whom have appeared in much better quality films.

The idea as a film is quite comical I guess, collecting family members to create a fiamily, but it was simply a film with a little bit of potential that went horribly wrong.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


An all-time favorite!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Marisa was a little over-the-top, but I loved her performance anyway. She was sexy, sultry, primal, everything her character was supposed to be. Alfred Molina and his honest and open face, and his soulful and sexy dark eyes...he was perfection. This movie was highly enjoyable, and left me in need of a cold shower!

Christine S

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