Boulevard Nights (1979)

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Despite its title, which invokes visions of Paris after dark, Boulevard Nights is an unvarnished look at East Los Angeles street gangs. Filmed on location in the barrio, the story concentrates on Chicano youth Richard Yniguez. Try as he might to escape the influence of gang life, Yniguez seems predestined to a violent death on the streets. The dialogue exchanges and rumble sequences are handled with disturbing realism.
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R
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Danny De La Paz
as Chuco Avila
Jesse Aragon
as Casper
Richard Yniguez
as Raymond Avila
Victor Millan
as Mr. Landeros
Marta Du Bois
as Shady Landeros
Carmen Zapata
as Mrs. Landeros
James Victor
as Gil Moreno
Betty Carvalho
as Mrs. Avila
Chuco Avila
as Danny De La Paz
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Critic Reviews for Boulevard Nights

All Critics (1)

Another unremarkable youth gang film.

Full Review… | June 1, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Boulevard Nights

½

Ok, don't get me wrong, Boulevard Nights is a good film from the aspect that if you ever grew up in a low-class neighborhood (Inglewood, East L.A., Watts, etc.) then you can identify with the actions of the gangsters in this film (the tagging, spray cans, tats, so forth.) What kills this film for me is two things - the acting and the storyline. Granted Danny de la Paz is prehaps the only actor in this film that I can buy into. He's legit. But everyone else in this film, from the gangsters to his brother Ramon, who looks like he stepped off a model runway, the finacee, the mother, the whole damn cast of characters is so cheesy. The second thing that kills it is the mind-numbing predicatibility of this film. Granted the first half of it is fine, but once you get an idea of where things are going, you can guess what's going to happen and, like I've said before, that neccessarily a bad thing, but in tihs case, when it gets to the point where it's annoying and detaching for the viewer, it backfires. Otherwise this film is fine. It's those two things that make me drop it form a good film to an okay one.

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