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Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, Santana goes back to his old neighborhood, intending to lead a peaceful, crime-free life. But his old gang buddies force him back into his old habits. The omniprescene of the "Mexican Mafia" in the southwest is sufficient to make this film a daunting, demoralizing experience. Upon its release, American Me received a lot of press play due to the fact that Olmos shot his Folsom sequences on location, using actual prisoners as extras and bit players. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 13, 1992

Cast

Edward James Olmos
as Santana Montoya
William Forsythe
as JD
Pepe Serna
as Mundo
Danny De La Paz
as Puppet
Evelina Fernandez
as Julie
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as El Japo
Daniel Villarreal
as Little Puppet
Sal Lopez
as Pedro
Daniel Haro
as Huero
Domingo Ambriz
as Pie Face
Vic Trevino
as Cheetah
Tom Bower
as Dornan (uncredited)
Panchito Gomez
as Young Santana
Richard Coca
as Young Mundo
Bob Morones
Roberto Martin Marquez
as Acha
Dyana Ortelli
as Yolanda
Joe Aubel
as Tattoo Artist
Lance August
as Young Sailor
Cody Glenn
as Older Sailor
Don Pugsley
as Police Officer
Richard Lee-Sung
as Restaurant Owner
Ron Thompson
as Junkie
Grace Morley
as JD's Friend
Paul Bollen
as Doc
Rafael Robledo
as El Chucko
Michael Shaner
as Tony Scagnelli Jr.
Jaime Gomez
as Eddie
Jacob Vargas
as Paulito--Age 15
Rodney Rincon
as Shoe Salesman
Robert Pucci
as Bodyguard
Tony Giorgio
as Don Antonio Scagnelli
Manny Perry
as Arthur J.
Bennie Moore
as Ronnie Little
William Smith
as Deacon
Ken Medlock
as Cop
Rolando Molina
as Cop
Abraham Verduzco
as Paulito (Age 7)
Robby Robinson
as Drug Thief
Paul Bollen
as Doc
Grace Morley
as JD's Friend
Lance August
as Young Sailor
Rolando Molina
as Cop
Michael Shaner
as Tony Scagnelli Jr.
William Smith
as Deacon
Jacob Vargas
as Paulito--Age 15
Ken Medlock
as Cop
Abraham Verduzco
as Paulito (Age 7)
Joe Aubel
as Tattoo Artist
Robert Pucci
as Bodyguard
Roberto Martin Marquez
as Acha
Don Pugsley
as Police Officer
Tony Giorgio
as Don Antonio Scagnelli
Jaime Gomez
as Eddie
Richard Lee-Sung
as Restaurant Owner
Bennie Moore
as Ronnie Little
Manny Perry
as Arthur J.
Dyana Ortelli
as Yolanda
Rodney Rincon
as Shoe Salesman
Ron Thompson
as Junkie
Rafael Robledo
as El Chucko
Cody Glenn
as Older Sailor

Crew

Edward James Olmos
Director
Edward James Olmos
Producer
Floyd Mutrux
Producer
Robert M. Young
Producer
Irwin W. Young
Producer
Sean Daniel
Producer
Lou Adler
Producer
Floyd Mutrux
Screenwriter
Desmond Nakano
Screenwriter
Reynaldo Villalobos
Cinematographer
Dennis Lambert
Composer (Music Score)
Claude Gaudette
Composer (Music Score)
Arthur Coburn
Editor
Richard Candib
Editor
Joe Aubel
Production Designer
Brian Frankish
Co-producer
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez
Costume Designer
Jim Halty
Stunts
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