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Spoken Word (2010)




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From acclaimed director Victor Nunez ("Ulee's Gold"), SPOKEN WORD tells the story of Cruz Montoya (Kuno Becker, from the "Goal!" trilogy and "From Mexico With Love"), a rock star on the West Coast poetry circuit, where audiences from San Diego to Seattle gather to hear him perform. Just off the road from a successful tour, Cruz gets an unexpected call alerting him that his father, Senior (played by Rubén Blades), is fatally ill. Cruz rushes home to his dying father, a reclusive former schoolteacher still leading a traditional life in their once bucolic mountain valley, now ravaged by poverty, drug abuse, and violence. After years away, Cruz quickly begins to retreat into his troubled former life, managing a Santa Fe hip-hop club owned by a local crime boss, Emilio (Miguel Sandoval, "Bottle Shock" and "Clear and Present Danger"), who Senior used to run with back in the day. Seduced by the fast action and easy money, Cruz loses his poetic voice, his identity, and almost his life, before he finds a way to heal his relationships with his family, his community, and himself. A nuanced depiction of an evolving father-son relationship, SPOKEN WORD depicts the edgy collision of old and new worlds in a rare, authentic portrait of Latino culture in the Southwest, illustrating how cultural roles and machismo can give way when families can move beyond words, both spoken and unspoken, to share the language of their hearts. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William T. Conway, Joe Ray Sandoval, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jimmy Santiago Baca
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 2010
Box Office: $32.7k
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Jernard Burks
as Renegade
Castulo Guerra
as Dr. Lopez
Arron Shiver
as Orderly
Beth Bailey
as Reporter
Sophia M. Garcia
as Mrs. Maestas
Myrna I. Vigil
as Josephine
Monique Curnen
as Gabrielle
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Critic Reviews for Spoken Word

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

[A] rich and textured film.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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Maddeningly ruled by signposts spotted from miles away.

July 30, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Features more cliches than it can comfortably handle and is not helped by its grindingly slow pacing.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Strongly acted and beautifully photographed (by Virgil Mirano), "Spoken Word" is a quietly resonant family drama about the tug of old habits and the difficulties of escaping the past.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

A uniquely crafted introspective yet profoundly visceral film experience, touching on the healing powers of the music in language.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
WBAI Radio

Audience Reviews for Spoken Word


I really wanted to like this movie... but it was a miss. There is some decent acting, but the rest is over-the-top. It seemed scattered as to what the story was supposed to be about: his drug problem, his family issues with his brother and father, his relationship with girlfriend or the conflict with "the villain". No focus.

Thomas Johnston

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