My Family (1995)




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Featuring Jennifer Lopez in her first major big-screen role, Gregory Nava's My Family traces three generations of the Sanchez's, a Mexican-American family living in East Los Angeles. Beginning in the 1930s, the film outlines the struggles faced by Jose (Jacob Vargas) and Maria (Lopez) as a recently immigrated married couple raising a family. As Jose and Maria age, the focus shifts to their son, Jimmy (Jimmy Smits), as he starts his own family in the 1960s. While Lopez' role was uncredited, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance. My Family has also been released under the titles My Family, Mi Familia, Cafe Con Leche, and East L.A. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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Jimmy Smits
as Jimmy Sanchez
Esai Morales
as Chucho
Edward James Olmos
as Paco, the Narrator
Jenny Gago
as Maria Sanchez
Eduardo López Rojas
as Jose Sanchez
Elpidia Carrillo
as Isabel Magana
Jacob Vargas
as Young Jose Sanchez
Jennifer Lopez
as Young Maria
Enrique J. Castillo
as Memo Sanchez
Rafael Cortés
as Roberto
Amelia Zapata
as Roberto's Girlfriend
Leon Singer
as El California
Rosalee Mayeux
as Maria's Employer
Alicia del Lago
as Maria's Aunt
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as The Boatman
Susana Campos
as Little Irene
Anthony Gonzalez
as Baby Paco
Cassandra Campos
as Baby Irene
Lupe Ontiveros
as Irene Sanchez
Maria Canals-Barrera
as Young Irene Sanchez
Michael DeLorenzo
as Butch Mejia
Jonathan Hernandez
as Young Jimmy
Constance Marie
as Toni Sanchez
Scott Bakula
as David Ronconi
Dedee Pfeiffer
as Karen Gillespie
Emilio del Haro
as Ox Cart Driver
Abel Woolrich
as Ox Cart Driver
Michael J. Gonzalez
as Little Paco
Belladonna Campos
as Baby Irene
Benito Martinez
as Young Paco
Greg Albert
as Young Memo
Cris Franco
as Mariachi
Samuel Hernandez
as Mariachi
Arturo Palacios
as Mariachi
Valente Rodriguez
as Chucho's Friend
Eddie Ayala
as Chucho's Friend
Bel Hernandez
as Eddie's Mom
David Salas
as Member of The Originals
Bill Mondragon
as Member of The Originals
Eric Mondragon
as Member of The Originals
Dennis Jimenez
as Member of The Originals
Alex Tanasi
as Member of The Originals
George Lopez Jr.
as Ballplayer No. 1
Moses Saldana
as Ballplayer No. 2
Brian Lally
as Officer
Ernie Lively
as Sergeant
Bart Johnson
as Young Officer
Peter Mark Vasquez
as Prison Guard
Ruben Sierra
as Gerardo
Pete Leal
as Old Man on Balcony
Michael Tomlinson
as Dr. McNally
as Nurse
Emilio Rivera
as Tamalito
Angelina Estrada
as Woman with Groceries
Bibi Besch
as Mrs. Gillespie
Bruce Gray
as Mr. Gillespie
Maria Canals
as Young Irene Sanchez
Michael De Lorenzo
as Butch Mejia
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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Full Review… | October 8, 2008
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for My Family

I freakin love this movie even cry also used to watch it over and over even rent it 3x story of my life

javier  lizarde
javier lizarde

This movie couldn't have been MORE accurate if they tried! It LITERALLY has every aspect of a Latino family!

Ruby  Workman
Ruby Workman

This movie is one of my favorites of this genre...the acting is very good, the shots and cinematography give it an appropriate old feel. It has some comedy and lots of realism (with family peoblems), there's trajedy and happy experiences in this has everything! It was a joy to watch in the 90s and it was equally enjoyable when I recently watched it! Is it my favorite film that I have rated 5/5? No but it's a must watch!

Jairo Aguilar
Jairo Aguilar

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