Alambrista! (1977)



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Robert M. Young, who has made a cottage industry of "small" atmospheric films, made his directorial debut in 1977's Alambrista!. Domingo Ambriz plays a young Mexican man who crosses illegally into the U.S. The birth of an additional child convinces him that they need more than he can earn on his small farm. Each employment opportunity ultimately evolves into a heartbreak thanks to the exploitative practices of Ambriz's American employers.


Critic Reviews for Alambrista!

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

"Alambrista" is a symphony of memorable images.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Roberto endures and escapes one random set of dire circumstances after another without feeling contrived or stopping for cheap sentimental tricks. He even makes a certain selfish choice, but at the time, after what he's been through, who could blame him?

Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Now the film can be more fully appreciated for what it is: an influential inspiration to Latino filmmakers and a powerful, non-politicized depiction of the wages of American immigration policy. [Blu-ray]

May 22, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A worthy social drama on the heartbreaking hardships of being a Mexican illegal in the States.

May 12, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Free of false sentiment and always clear of vision.

May 1, 2012 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alambrista!

The scene where Dmingo Ambriz's characters "girlfriend" the waitress was trying to help him send a money order back home, Asked a customer to translate & then found out he was sending $$$ back home to his wife was hilarious! Also where he & his buddy were riding in the Cadillac on the car trailer on top of a moving train looked like fun.Shame his buddy had to be an idiot

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