American Me

American Me

DVD - 2002
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Inspired by a true story, this is the story of a vicious Latino prison gang leader, doomed by his past to a life of harsh, unforgiving violence after his release from jail. He grows up in East Los Angeles, joins a street gang and is in prison while he is still of an age to be in high school. By the time he is back on the streets again, he is a skillful, educated criminal.


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Jun 15, 2017

This is a 1992 crime docudrama produced and directed by Edward James Olmos.
It depicts a fictionalized account of the founding and rise to power of the Mexican Mafia in the California prison system from the 1950s into the 1980s.
It is profoundly sad that the real Mexican Mafia, after seeing the film, murdered the three consultants on this film because of the depiction of a homosexual rape scene which offended the Mexican Mafia's internal code of ethics.
It is such a realistic and emotionally charged crime drama that you might feel really disgusted from time to time.
Anyway, it's worth watching.

Oct 12, 2016

American Me is, to say the least, one hell of a rough and raunchy movie-ride.

American Me drags the viewer straight down into a literal cesspool of crime where "cut-throat" violence and murder prevails.

Set in Los Angeles, American Me ambitiously attempts to cover 30 years in the life of a Chicano gang leader named Santana. Of those 30 years covered in this flick (from the age of 19 to the age of 49), Santana spent a whopping 18 of them behind bars in Folsom Prison, California. All of Santana's crimes were, in one way, or another, related to heavy-duty drug dealing and/or armed robbery.

As movie-entertainment goes - American Me has a fierce, raw power, all of its own. With its eyes wide open, American Me doesn't flinch from reality once. It forces and compels the viewer to watch all of the unpleasant, gut-wrenching horrors of prison-life, defying anyone to turn their eyes away from the atrocities on the screen.

Released in 1992, American Me is an impressive directorial debut by Edward James Olmos, who also played the part of the hardened criminal, Santana... (*Watch movie-trailer*)


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