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Cruzando


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  • Actors: DAVID BARRERA, TONY CAMPISI, NINA LEON, MICHAEL ESCAMILLA
  • Directors: Mando Alvarado & Michael Ray Escamilla
  • Writers: Michael Ray Escamilla, Mando Alvarado
  • Producers: Abby Paige Fenton, Rene Garza, Pete Miller, Donna Daley, Liza Rodriguez
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004M7YRM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Many earnest films have been made recently about the struggles of Latin American migrants trying to cross into the U.S. for a better tomorrow; CRUZANDO isn't one of them. This madcap adventure follows the journey of two Mexican no?hopers. CRUZANDO chronicles the real?life hazards of such a trip but is as much a comedy as it is a drama. About a week before the birth of his first child, Manuel learns that his long?lost father is about to be executed in Texas. Against his wife's wishes he heads north, abandoning his job cleaning peep?show booths at a strip club while being tracked by the club's brutal bouncer. Manuel's video cam?toting pal Diego tags along, planning a documentary of the trek. Mistaken identities, family traumas, and dehydration complicate Manuel's quest, but he finally learns a familiar lesson: There's no place like home ? even if home is not all that great. In the tradition of Bajo La Misma Luna.

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Customer Reviews

Funny, poignant, moving..and in the end a fun 2hrs.
Teva sneak
The absurdity is only a relief valve, an absurdity that is genuine in Mexican culture.
rickraton
If you write a positive review on this movie something must be wrong.
Javier Cabero

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Chavez on June 28, 2011
Format: DVD
My parents and I watched this movie together and we LOVED it! My father was born in Mexico and he was truly moved by it. He said this was one of the few movies that captured the true essesnce of the Latin culture. He said the generosity of the people and the adventurous spirit were all there. He plans on buying a copy for all of his (9) brothers and sisters.
I would say it should be on EVERYONE's must see list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George W. Stone on June 9, 2011
Format: DVD
This movie is revealing, hilarious, smart, a little bit madcap and touching all at once. I loved it. It opens up a world I don't know much about and presents characters that I love knowing about. The road trip storyline is almost a romp at times, but the film has emotional depth (the roles are really well-crafted), cultural insights (Mexican immigration), documentary qualities (the perils of border-crossing) and some killer visuals, too. So it's an all-around awesome movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Señora Miss on July 10, 2013
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This film poignantly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual struggle of cruzando (crossing), reminding us- no matter our politics- of the humanity behind the "issue" of illegal immigration. Anyone with a background or interest in the Mexican-American experience will be drawn in and enjoy the ride as the main character metaphorically crosses from abandon and indifference into acceptance and clarity of purpose. The heavy theme is brilliantly shrouded by colorful, lovable characters and an understated hilarity throughout. I laughed and cried.

Powerful acting. Breathtaking scenery. A new favorite of mine.

P.S. If you're even remotely interested in seeing this but have reservations because you don't know Spanish, don't be deterred. The dialog is minimal, and you'll be quickly immersed in the story, likely forgetting you're reading subtitles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia B. Hackbarth on June 24, 2013
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very moving and tells a great story a must see ! I was very impressed with the actors in the film. The story takes place in my home town so it meant a little more to me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Riding alone on March 14, 2011
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Non-traditional border story with a heart and funny as hell. It's as if I actually lived with them on this Journey. Lot's of twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rickraton on October 31, 2013
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For Amazon to tell us that this is not one of the "earnest" films about the borderlands is to completely miss it's authenticity. I have lived on the border for 30 years. Gringo or Mexicano, everyone has a border story. This is a fine film that rings completely true. The absurdity is only a relief valve, an absurdity that is genuine in Mexican culture. When you have no more tears, no more broken hearts, no more dreams, you laugh. This is an honest portrayal of the borderlands with a huge beating, blood pumping Mexican heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teva sneak on March 15, 2011
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Saw this film at the Latino film fest here in NY about 2 years ago..and was really blown away..not only cause I know many of the players in the film, but because of its story..production values and artistry..hard to believe it was done on the fly w/minimal budget..Aside from that it, its scope and ideas and entertainment values are on a par w/a budget of a Spielberg film..Funny, poignant, moving..and in the end a fun 2hrs.
A young man from a Mexican border town sets out to find his father who is in a jail in Texas..setting off search, not only for his father but within himself..You'll enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raquella on March 9, 2011
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This is one of those rare films that is filled with nostalgia and adventure but is also hilarious! I saw it at a film festival in NY and then again in Los Angeles and I have to say it is extraordinary.
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