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Pinero (2001)

Benjamin Bratt , Giancarlo Esposito , Leon Ichaso  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Benjamin Bratt, Giancarlo Esposito, Talisa Soto, Nelson Vasquez, Michael Wright
  • Directors: Leon Ichaso
  • Writers: Leon Ichaso
  • Producers: Bradley Yonover, Caroline Jaczko, Fisher Stevens, Glen Trotiner, Jamie Gordon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640VP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pinero" on IMDb

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  • "A Look at Miguel Piñero The Man"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie although very sad and tragic March 10, 2004
Format:DVD
Pinero is based on the life of puertorican playwright, actor and poet Miguel Pinero. His life from early childhood was a constant struggle for survival since his father abandoned his mother (played by the great Rita Moreno)when he was a small boy. Pinero turned to a life of crime while still in his early teens and served time in Sing-Sing for arm robbery and stealing cars. While on the inside Pinero turned his anger and frustrations to writing short stories which later became plays such as his most successful and controversial play "SHORT EYES" which was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play in the late 70's. Pinero also started a theater group in jail and perform for the other inmates plays that he had written. Joseph Papp, the legendary theater producer read Pinero's play "SHORT EYES" and decided to produced it Off Broadway while it became a success despite is limted run.
I have never been fond of Benjamin Bratt as an actor but in this movie he did an excellent job and really transformed himself into the character. This movie is a bit strong and somewhat harsh since it depicts the reality of the character. Miguel Pinero was not only a convict but a drug addict who took heavy doses of cocaine and would inject large quantaties of heroin on his arms. Pinero lived the life of a bum through out his life and even as he reached moderate success as a playwright he still hard a tough time fighting his inner demons. He died in 1988 at the age of 40 of Aids (I believe) after he overdosed on more heroin.
This movie is not for everyone but it is a good movie whose main character lived a very sad and tragic life and just as he lived life on the edge he ended his run on earth the same way.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Style and Promises , Unfulfilled July 29, 2002
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There is so much to like about this film PINERO that once the movie is over you sit staring at the screen or the TV wondering why you just don't care. The main character Miguel Pinero was a gifted artist and a pungent voice for independent thinking. The portrayal by Benjamin Bratt is first class acting, surely some of the finest work this underrated actor has done. The supporting cast is excellent. The cinematic effects are bewitching to behold. Why doesn't it work? I think part of the problem is the quality of sound, the levels of speaking often buried in noise so that straining to follow the dialogue becomes annoying. The sexual innuendoes in the flashbacks of Pinero's youth are well handled, but then comes the major ommission of Pinero's bisexuality. Yes, few Hollywood actors or writers want to deal with gay issues with doumentary topics. But part of Pinero's magic was his own balancing of his attraction to young teenage men as well as to women. It enriched his poetry, his plays, his presence. Why leave that out of a filmed biography? This could have been an absolutely gripping film that contained the courage of Pinero. But alas, homophobia wins out again.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A SAD PORTRAYAL OF MY BROTHERS LIFE October 10, 2002
Format:DVD
I GIVE THIS FILM TWO STARS, ONE FOR MR.BRATTS PERFORMANCE,THE OTHER FOR THE MS.MORENOS THEY BOTH CAUGHT THE ESSENCE OF MY
MOTHER &BROTHER,THE REST OF THIS FILM [was not very good],ITS FULL FOR UNTRUTHES,IN THE FILMS CREDITS THEY THANK THE PINERO FAMILY
KNOWING FULLY THEY NEVER REQUESTED,OUR INPUT, IT WAS SOLEY
MADE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPLOITING HIS MEMORY &LEGACY, I HAVE
A 2HOUR VIDEO OF MIKEY, TALKING ABOUT HIS LIFE MADE 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS DEMISE THAT ,MR.ICHASO NOR ANY AT THE FILM COMP.
WANTED TO SEE. THEY WERE MAKING THEIR VERSION,MIKEY,S LIFE
PS THEIR 10 BROTHERS & SISTER NOT 5,AT LEAST THEY COULD GET THAT RIGHT.
IT ALL BULL,,,,.SUGAR WAS NEVER, THE LOVE HIS,LIFE,ALGARIN
WAS NOT AT HIS DEATHBED,THEY HAD PARTED WAYS YEARS AGO,,
THIS ONLY DOES A A DISERVICE TO HIS MEMORY,LEGACY, HIS FAMILY
THAT ENTIRE,FILM COMPANY & ICHASO SHOULD BE ASHAMED IT ,ITS
GARBAGE, SOON ILL BE RELEASING THE VIDEO ,AND MIKEY WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD, A DISGUSTED BRO...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miguel Piñero, 150614 February 2, 2004
Format:DVD
After his father abandons his family, Miguel Piñero starts a journey that will take him through the lowest and highest points imaginable. Miguel was prayed upon by perverted adults in his childhood, became a drug addict, and ended committing a series of crimes and going to prison (prisoner 150614). During his stay in Sing Sing a visit by his mother urging him to make her proud motivates him to start writing a play about life in prison called Short Eyes, which will be his first step towards stardom.
Life after prison did not change much, he was successful as a poet and writer, but his personality made him return to his bad habits. His belief was that a painful and troubling life results in devotion to the truth, and therefore allowed him to write in such an exceptional way.
The movie shows the particular relationship Piñero had with some of his friends, two of which appear as particularly prominent, Miguel Algarin and Tito Goya; the former a professor at Rutgers, the latter a partner in crime and drugs. This also shows the duality that was present in other aspects of his life. There are several other manifestations on this duality throughout the movie, for example Miguel had a "stable" relationship with Sugar, his girlfriend, but he also had amorous relationships with other men.
The style in which the movie is presented corresponds well with the inner turmoil Piñero experienced. There is an interesting use of alternation between black and white and color scenes and the action keeps moving forward and backward in time without any clear array.
The performance given by Benjamin Bratt is extraordinary. I do not like this actor particularly, but in this case I have to acknowledge he fitted the role perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance!
Superb acting all around. This man is SO underrated for movies! This should be rented, it is fantastic. Loved it
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Excellent acting. Benjamin Bratt is superb! The movie tells a great story. It is a movie for adults at a great price!
Published 6 months ago by PHYLLIS JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!
REAL GOOD MOVIE/DOCUMENTARY. A MUST SEE FOR THE AVERAGE PUERTO RICAN FROM NYC THAT'S INTO POETRY.
IT'S A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE & EVERYONE INTO POETRY. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jose Ramirez
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Short Eyes was GREAT.. Pinero's poetry as well. I looked forward to watching this film for a while... Such a MESS. Bratt did a good job though did over act at times.. Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by ChiCho
3.0 out of 5 stars Pinero
Bejamin Bratt does an excellent acting job and the film is quite interesting. A must have for me.
Published on October 23, 2010 by Khrish
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This movie does not do justice to the visionary that was Pinero. Benjamin Bratt is a B-List actor who couldn't fill the shoes of this poet. I fell asleep 3/4 of the way through. Read more
Published on September 25, 2008 by Barbara G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
MP, the man & the character in the film, was a loser from Day 1, who whined to be spared punishment for his sins because he was an artiste. Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Cosmoetica
1.0 out of 5 stars the real Pinero deserved better
First, let me say that Benjamin Bratt was great, despite the fact the script didn't give him much to work with. The rest of the cast, also very good. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by J. Reilly
2.0 out of 5 stars Lower East Side
The work and art of Pinero inspired me - not this film. The confusing, and utterly diabolical frame shifts from black and white to grain to color to just about any other amateur... Read more
Published on April 7, 2007 by A. Gyurisin
5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt the beautiful man from Law and Order held his own in this epic work of his portrayal of the life of the dead poet but not forgotten. Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by lil sal
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