Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) (1993)



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Taylor Hackford directed this urgent melodrama about the realities of street crime, gangs, and prison life among the Chicanos of East Los Angeles. Miklo (Damian Chapa), Paco (Benjamin Bratt) and Cruz (Jesse Borrego) are three friends who are living in the East Los Angeles of 1972 as it is torn apart by violence. When the gang violence hits the three friends, they are affected by their participation in the bitter violence in different ways. Cruz, an artist, becomes crippled, and he sinks deeply into drug addiction. Paco, an accessory to murder, joins the military to avoid jail time, leading to a spot on the LAPD. Miklo, the kid with the gun, is sent to jail, where he slowly rises up in the ranks of La Onda, the San Quentin Latino gang. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Victor Rivers
as Magic Mike
Delroy Lindo
as Bonafide
Tom Towles
as Red Ryder
Teddy Wilson
as Wallace
Ray Oriel
as Spider
Mike Genovese
as Sergeant Devereaux
Danny Trejo
as Geronimo
Roberto Contreras
as Cruz's Grandfather
Luis Contreras
as Realthing
Steve Eastin
as Hollenbeck Captain
Daniel McDonald
as Gallery Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Bound by Honor contains some effective performances, some moments of deeply felt truth, and a portrait of prison life that I assume is accurate. What seems to be missing is a clear idea of why the movie was made.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It was very well rooted in reality, which is something we typically don't see in films like this. It was also rewarding to see things come full circle for our central characters.

October 15, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a very long movie but the performances elevated the material. Damian Chapa tried his best to lead this but there were some poor acting choices he made that threatened to derail the seriousness of the film.

October 15, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When mainstream Hollywood tackles Hispanic-themed movies, such as this one, the results are usually disastrous. Though aiming at creating an authentic Hispanic street epic, the otherwise reliable Hackford has directed a diffues and cliche picture.

May 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Long, ambitious and uneven, but an interesting project.

December 17, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Flawed and perhaps a tad overlong, but pretty gripping all the same.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)

Loved it...because I lived it.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

I viewed this movie because it got such terrific ratings. However, it was probably one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen. The acting, or should I say "over" acting, was ridiculous. I don't know what bothered me more: the fake Mexican accents, or the crazy way the actors flung themselves around while speaking. The "gangster talk" was just ridiculous, with too much"orale", too much, "hey vato". The worst dialogue ever... Maybe this was considered a good movie 20 years ago??

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Like a Lifetime Original Movie version of American Me with a cast of actors leftover from the auditions.

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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