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Blood In, Blood Out
Original name: Bound by Honor
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.
Style: epic, bleak, serious, rough, realistic, disturbing, dramatic, harsh, intense, reflective ...
Plot: crime, gang, drug abuse, prison, violence, destiny, betrayal, drug addiction, revenge, drugs/alcohol, gangs, hospital, gangsters, criminal heroes, blood, drugs, life philosophy, mentor, visceral, crimes, redemption, brutality, mexican american, storytelling, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, panama, colombia, guatemala, ecuador
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and bleak films with plots about mentor, violence, redemption, brutality, storytelling, violent and gangsters mostly in Crime, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Blood In, Blood Out: Felon (2008), Boyz n the Hood (1991), New Jersey Drive (1995), American Me (1992), My Crazy Life (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Felon
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Duration: 104 min.
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Boyz n the Hood
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Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Genre: Crime, Drama
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Duration: 98 min.
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My Crazy Life
Genre: Crime, Drama
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Duration: 92 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, melancholic ...
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