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The Perez Family (1995)

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the ... See full summary »

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Christine Bell (novel), Robin Swicord (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Tomei ... Dorita Evita Perez
Alfred Molina ... Juan Raul Perez
Anjelica Huston ... Carmela Perez
Chazz Palminteri ... Lt. John Pirelli
Trini Alvarado ... Teresa Perez
Celia Cruz ... Luz Pat
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Indian immigration official
Diego Wallraff ... Angel Diaz
Ellen Cleghorne ... Officer Rhoades
Angela Lanza ... Flavia
Jose Felipe Padron Jose Felipe Padron ... Felipe Perez
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Armando 'Papi' Perez
Bill Sage ... Steve Steverino
Vincent Gallo ... Orlando
Billy Hopkins Billy Hopkins ... Father Aiden
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Storyline

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the process, a political prisoner who hasn't seen his wife for twenty years and a disaffected sugarcane cutter fall in love. An excitable brother and a lovestruck cop contribute to the general confusion. The inevitable humorous romantic entaglements ensue as a final confrontation is set up. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A family became strangers and strangers became a family. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando salí de Cuba See more »

Filming Locations:

Coral Gables, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,832,826
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to be directing this film, but pulled out before production started. See more »

Goofs

When Dottie goes to make out with the security guard at the bar, the first wide shot shows her without her orange pants on, just black panties. In the next shot, she is wearing her pants, then the security guard precedes to pull them down, showing the black panties previously shown from a far distance in the first wide shot. See more »

Quotes

Dorita Evita Perez: Good morning, Señor Hard-on.
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Sensual, well-told story of the spirit
4 January 2003 | by bharma1See all my reviews

Well, most have summed up the story and acting pretty well, but I thought this was a beautiful film about indominable human spirit. As Tomei's character states in the beginning of the film, "I am like Cuba: always subjugated, but never conquered" (paraphrased).

That, for me, was the theme of the film throughout. Tomei was wonderful, but I loved the subtle work from Molina and Huston.


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