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Zoot Suit
Zoot Suit
Actors: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly, John Anderson
Director: Luis Valdez
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
R     2003     1hr 43min

A CHICAGO GANG LEADER AND HIS ALTER EGO RECALL THE CASE OF GANG MEMBERS RAILROADED TO PRISON IN 1942.

     
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Actors: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly, John Anderson
Director: Luis Valdez
Creators: David Myers, Luis Valdez, Gordon Davidson, Kenneth Brecher, Peter Burrell, Phil Esparza, William P. Wingate
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Musicals
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A Chicano West Side Story -- entertaining and informative.
lruiz@muonline.com | Franklin, Tennessee | 01/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Director Luis Valdez has done an outstanding job in bringing us this highly entertaining and informative picture of life in LA in the 1940's. The music, song, dance, and story in itself will make you cry, laugh and want to swing along with the film. Edward James Olmos demonstrates his many talents as he sings, dances, and plays El Pachuco, trying to convince the hero (Daniel Valdez) to use violence rather than intelligence to overcome prejudice by "Anglos" toward the Latin culture. Great theatrical props and settings along with an in-show audience makes you feel truly part of the whole production. Loved it!"
The real thing
R. Bagula | 06/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I worked with la gangs and lived in that world for five years and the fatalism, the clear rules and the self destructive Edward Almos over soul is so true to, "the way". Its like through art they reveal reality. Its as if gang movies that try to be real end up being false, while this art "pretense" reveals the truth. If you want to get "it" watch this. Then watch American Me."
Luis Valdez is the Mexican American Shakespeare!
R. Bagula | Lakeside, Ca United States | 03/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is California history
come to life.
It is a Mexican American story
told by the master.
Has has all the elements of a classic:
tragedy, love and good music!"
Zoot Suit
GreatMovieCriticRobertfromUS | philadelphia | 06/29/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this on the Independent Film many years ago, very good film, revolves around Gangs but gangs in the 1940's.Also a film about Latinos (my people) and the problems they face in the inner city.It's much better than those terrible soap opera's in Mexico, this film is a musical but it's also a drama focusing on different Hispanic characters. Edward James Olmos career is synomonus with these type of films
most notable "American Me", "Stand and Deliver", "My family"
a great actor who is part of the real population.Despite the great performances the film does suffer from
its story, you know several hot headed characters with their
attitude and lifestyles are only headed downhill and their
fates are predetermined.Still "Zoot Suit" is a good film."