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  • Actors: Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Billy Bob Thornton, Enrique Castillo, Damian Chapa
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: Jimmy Santiago Baca & Jeremy Iacone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJ71
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood In, Blood Out" on IMDb

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Now, from the director of THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE comes BLOOD IN ... BLOOD OUT, a critically acclaimed modern-day epic. Within the rich and colorful Chicano culture of East Los Angeles, three cousins raised as brothers fiercely live by a generations-old tradition of family -- a power stronger than law, a force deeper than friendship. In one life-shattering moment, the trio is torn apart, forcing them to follow three separate paths: one searching for truth in the law, one expressing his passion through art, and one finding power in prison. Yet through it all, family and honor keep their lives intertwined as each strives for survival and power!

Customer Reviews

The musical score Beautiful and perfectly woven into the film.
It deals with violence, drug addiction, and the function of the family in a Mexican neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Andrew Knoll
Car chases, fist fights, stabbings and the like, all are found here.

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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By "ulisan" on March 20, 2002
Format: DVD
We live in an entertainment society where the face of a minority tends to represent the face of a drug dealer or a gang member. Although that is a partial truth to a sad reality that many in our families face, this movie finally serves as a proper representation to people from other cultures and from other communities of life in the streets of East L.A. as a Chicano.
Paco Aguilar (Benjamin Bratt) shows the turn-arounds that many in our community have made for many years now, being able to change from a life of gangs and crime to becoming a figure of authority and respect. Cruz Candelaria (Jesse Borrego) shows how the gifts that are within our fellow brothers and sisters can be tarnished by the devils that are within the drugs that reside in our streets. And last but not least, Miklo Velka (Damian Chapa) shoes the struggles that many in people face from being of mestizo blood, which is true to members of mixed race from any background or ethnicity. His fight to belong leads him towards the world that exist in the confines of San Quentin.
Very few movies have given light to the true reality that exists in our beautful culture, and Blood In Blood Out is at the top of that list. I am somebody who has a little of Paco, Cruz, and Miklo within me. I don't care who you are, after watching this movie, you will know that you have a little bit of all three of them in you too. This is a great movie whether you are Chicano/Latino, Anglo, Asian, African-American, or any other race. This belongs in all movie collections of any culturally-concious movie goer, in any format.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Garza on June 13, 2001
Format: DVD
Blood In Blood Out is one the finest movies ever made that represents life for chicano youths. Starting in the early 1970's, this movie chronicles the times and trials of Miklo Velka. Miklo (Damian Chapa) is a kid growing up in two different worlds. He is a chicano, who takes the appearance of his white father. So he fights to get respect from his chicano family. Here you meet his cousin Cruz (Jesse Borrego) Candelaria and Paco (Benjamin Bratt) Aguilar, who treat Miklo with little respect, because of his skin tone. So he has to show his toughness to his cousins in order to earn their respect. This is where the trouble begins for the three cousins. Starting with a random act of violence against another street gang, the plot thickens with Cruz being hospitalized and the gang of Miklo, Paco and others vowing revenge for Cruz. A simple revenge turns sour and the life is taken on accident, so the boys are on the run. Only to be caught and their lives are changed drastically. Miklo is sent to jail where he has to start over to earn the respect from the other chicanos, while Paco joins the service to avoid jail time. Throughout the movie you see Miklo character evolve int o a great leader of men in the Prison, while Paco career evolves on the other side of the law. we also cant forget about Cruz, whose life turns to shambles because of an addiction, which nearly costs him his life! The story evolves as time passes and the three of them get older, and wiser, and before you know it Miklo is out of jail and looking to go on the straight and narrow. Paco and Miklo's lives interact again as Miklo attempts to, but fails to stay straight. Their lives are sent in to a spiral as Miklo ende up in jail again and this time it is Paco's fault, I wont say how it ends, because I want you to see this movie, but let me tell you the subplots and twists and turns in this movie are EXCELLENT! I reccommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good epic drama!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jayson Olson on August 2, 2000
Format: DVD
Came across this video a few years back and was excited to see it on DVD. A definite must buy for those that are interested in Epic's.
Coming in at slightly over 3 hours, "Blood In, Blood Out" revolves around the 2 half brothers and their cousin in the Latino/Chicano culture of East Los Angeles. The time frame spans about 15 years as the boys are in their late teens when the story begin in the early 70's and finishes in the mid 80's.
It is a gritty in depth look at how 3 boys from the same family learned their street smarts and end up taking a different path based on their decisions. What is the core theme here is family. Is blood thick, or those who claim to be your brothers on the streets. In a nutshell, one brother, the epitome of a young gang member witnesses an event that changes his life for the better hence he joins the military and when he get out becomes a undercover cop back home. The second brother, an artist on the fast track to fame and fortune can't give up his street family lifestyle and plunges into a world of depression and drugs after a certain event changes his life. Finally, Miklo, the cousin who is half-white has always wanted to fit in, and will do anything...including kill. When his family rejects him on the outside, he finds a new life in San Quentin, and it is not pretty. The story revolves around this dynamic cast as they learn the meaning of family crisis, revenge, and forgiveness.
The accuracy is dead on. The attention to detail of the Hispanic culture through their fashion, their music, their outlook gives the viewer a great perspective on the gangs of east L.A. It is beautifully done. However, get ready for some violence, because there is plenty, but it is not done wrecklessly.
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