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The latest film to hit the top ten on Netflix is American Me , a 1992 gangster drama that was produced and directed by its lead Edward James Olmos. American Me is a fictionalized account of the mafia's origins within the California prison system, and it gives viewers a lens of this dark world from the 1950s all the way to the 1980s.
Check out the trailer below.
Olmos stars as Montoya Santana, a Mexican-American who was put in juvenile hall after committing a series of crimes as a teenager. Years later, when he is finally released from prison, he realizes that the life he knows is one that he wishes to leave behind...but it might be too late.
Alongside Olmos, the movie features William Forsythe (J.D.), Pepe Serna (Mundo), Daniel A. Haro (Huero), Sal Lopez (Pedro Santana) and Vira Montes (Esperanza Santana), among others.
Fans of crime dramas can rightfully assume that American Me is not for the light of heart. Critics positively received the movie (it holds a 78% score on Rotten Tomatoes) while also highlighting its complex themes, like Marjorie Baumgarten of The Austin Chronicle, who said: "American Me is crafted with heart and conviction and intelligence. It demands no less of its audience. It insists that there are no quick fixes, but that solutions are of the utmost urgency. It demonstrates how the capacity for change resides within each individual."
We'll be adding this to our must-watch list.
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