Born in East L.A. (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born in East L.A. (1987)




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Movie Info

When accidentally caught up in a Immigration Department raid, an American-born Hispanic is "returned" to Mexico. Speaking virtually no Spanish, he is reduced to working a variety of jobs for a crooked saloon owner to make the money to pay for his "illegal immigration" back into the United States.


Kamala Lopez
as Dolores
Lupe Ontiveros
as Rudy's Mother
Urbanie Lucero
as Rudy's Sister
Larry Blackmon
as Slick Dude
Geoffrey Rivas
as Immigration Aide
David Yanez
as Alter Boy
Mike Moroff
as Thug #2
Diana Bellamy
as Harry's Wife
Chastity Ayala
as Rudy's Niece
Ronald G. Joseph
as Tattoo Prisoner
Noble Willingham
as Border Patrol Sargeant
David Perez
as Rudy's Nephew
Randal Patrick
as Border Patrol Officer
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Border Patrol Officer
Vic Trevino
as Border Patrol Officer
Sal Lopez
as What's Happening Boys
Del Zamora
as What's Happening Boys
Ted Lin
as What's Happening Boys
Jason Scott Lee
as What's Happening Boys
Mark L. Taylor
as TV Evangelist
Dyana Ortelli
as Mother with Oranges
Humberto Ortiz
as Boy with Oranges
Daniel Valdez
as Norteno Trio
David Silva
as Norteno Trio
Lilyan Chauvin
as German Woman
Angela Moya
as Mexican Wife
David Selberg
as Policeman
Sam Vlahos
as Father Sanchez
Eloy Casados
as Thug #1
Josh Cruze
as Jail Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Born in East L.A.

All Critics (10)

It's an interesting skewering of the systems on both sides of the border that keep those seeking a better life impoverished and criminalized.

January 20, 2022 | Full Review…

There's ultimately not a whole lot within Born in East L.A. that's worth wholeheartedly embracing...

December 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This soft film lacks any sort of a satiric edge, but Marin's charismatic turn provides it with some lift.

March 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Without the drugs or Tommy Chong, Marin still have something to offer.

July 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Surprisingly pleasant, warm comedy.

January 8, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Born in East L.A.

A Comedy Bordering On Insanity

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Somewhat funny, but Cheech keeps hammering the title point "Born in East L.A." over our heads until it's annoying.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Funny flick. I liked this one and my brother and I always watched it.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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