Zoot Suit (1981)

R   |    |  Drama, Musical

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When barrio leader Henry Reyna and his friends are unjustly convicted on circumstantial evidence, activist lawyers Alice Bloomfield and George Shearer fight the blatant racially motivated miscarriage of justice to win them their freedom.




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  • Abel Franco, Alma Martinez, Lupe Ontiveros, and Tony Plana in Zoot Suit (1981)
  • Edward James Olmos and Alma Martinez in Zoot Suit (1981)
  • Alma Martinez, Kim Miyori, Dennis Stewart, and Kelly Ward in Zoot Suit (1981)
  • Alma Martinez in Zoot Suit (1981)
  • Zoot Suit (1981)

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8 April 2015 | neddaly1
| A valiant attempt
I also saw the original stage production in LA in 1978/79. I was likely the only Anglo in the audience, which was itself an experience worth buying a ticket to. I would have gone back several times if I had had the money.

Olmos was featured in the local TV commercials for the play and was riveting to watch. That commercial could be re-released as a short. In the theater, you could NOT take your eyes off him.

I have seen the film several times and own a DVD copy. While there are some cringe-worthy moments and some obvious "staginess", the film does credit to the original vision and is worth watching.

One should never watch a work of art in an attempt to learn about history, or science, or anything else. Art is art.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$63,356 4 October 1981

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