Zoot Suit (1981)

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A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »


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  • Abel Franco, Alma Martinez, Lupe Ontiveros, Tony Plana, and Daniel Valdez in Zoot Suit (1981)
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  • Zoot Suit (1981)
  • Abel Franco, Alma Martinez, Lupe Ontiveros, and Tony Plana in Zoot Suit (1981)
  • Edward James Olmos and Alma Martinez in Zoot Suit (1981)

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30 May 2002 | mjmarkic
10
| Outstanding focus on an overlooked and important culture.
Having seen the original stage production at the Mark Taper Forum & Aquarius Theatres, in Los Angeles. I was quite blown away by both the production and performances. This was one of my all time favorite stage productions.

An attempt to mount the play in New York was a disappointing failure. I guess the "snobs" of the New York Theatre world, at that time weren't appreciative of something they just didn't get.

When I hear about the film being in production, I awaited it's release with anticipation. It's impossible to replace the presence of live performance with film. This filmed version was a truly impressive attempt to relay the success of the "live" production. I have long had my own copy of this film on Laser Disc and wish it was on DVD.

If you haven't seen the film and are ready for something different with some cultural insight, rent it on VHS, the only format currently available.

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