In prison they are the law.
On the streets they are the power.
In 1991, 769 people died in gang-related homicides in the greater Los Angeles area alone. The Los Angeles Times recently estimated that as many as 90,000 school-children across the U.S. now carry firearms to school on a daily basis. In 1989, nearly 1,000 children under the age eighteen were arrested for first-degree murder in the States. This film explores three generations of a Hispanic-American family, beginning with the Pachuco riots in L.A. in 1943 and ending in the mid-1970's.
The story chronicles the rise of a ruthless crime lord named Sanatana (Edward James Olmos) whose power over life and death emanates from his prison cell and extends to the streets of East L.A. . Also Starring William Forsythe, Evelina Fernandez and Pepe Serna.
©1992 Universal City Studios, Inc
Director: Edward James Olmos
Cast: Sal Lopez, Vira Montes, Edward James Olmos, Roberto Martín Márquez, Dyana Ortelli, Joe Aubel, Rob Garrett, Lance August, Cody Glenn, Don Pugsley, Panchito Gómez, Albert Joe Medina Jr., Alex Solís, Raymond Amezquita, Steve Wilcox, Richard Coca
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