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Encyclopedia > Zoot Suit (film)
Zoot Suit
Directed by Luis Valdez
Produced by Peter Burrell
Written by Luis Valdez
Starring Daniel Valdez
Edward James Olmos
Music by Lalo Guerrero
Daniel Valdez
Editing by Jacqueline Cambas
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 1981
Running time 103 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
IMDb profile

Zoot Suit is a 1981 filmed version of the Broadway play Zoot Suit (play). Both the play and film were written and directed by Luis Valdez. The film stars Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos — both reprising their roles from the stage production — and Tyne Daly. Many members of the cast of the Broadway production also appeared in the film. Like the play, the film features music from Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the "father of Chicano music." Luis Valdez depicted on a 1981 silkscreen poster announcing a dance fundraiser. ... Luis Valdez depicted on a 1981 silkscreen poster announcing a dance fundraiser. ... Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated Mexican-American actor. ... Eduardo Lalo Guerrero (December 24, 1916 – March 17, 2005), credited as being the father of Chicano music, was a Mexican-American guitarist, singer and farm labor activist best known for his strong influence on todays Latin artists. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... // Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Zoot Suit is a musical play by written by Luis Valdez, featuring music from Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the father of Chicano music. ... Luis Valdez depicted on a 1981 silkscreen poster announcing a dance fundraiser. ... Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated Mexican-American actor. ... Tyne Daly (born Ellen Tyne Daly on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a Tony Award-winning American stage and screen actress. ... Zoot Suit is a musical play by written by Luis Valdez, featuring music from Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the father of Chicano music. ... Eduardo Lalo Guerrero (December 24, 1916 – March 17, 2005), credited as being the father of Chicano music, was a Mexican-American guitarist, singer and farm labor activist best known for his strong influence on todays Latin artists. ...

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Story

In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when a group of young Mexican-Americans were wrongfully charged with murder — and the Zoot Suit Riots. In the play, Henry Reyna (inspired by real-life defendant Henry Leyvas) is a pachuco gangster and his gang, who were unfairly prosecuted, are thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the early 1940s against the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. The birthday party for Eleanor Coronado, held at her parents rural Los Angeles County home, was winding to a close in the early hours of Sunday, August 2, 1942, as a large group of young people from 38th Street pulled up. ... Zoot Suit riots, June 1943 The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots that erupted in Los Angeles, California during World War II, between sailors and soldiers stationed in the city and Mexican American youths, recognized because of the zoot suits they favored. ... A pachuco was a Chicano youth in the mid-20th century who wore flashy clothes (such as a Zoot Suit). ... Barrio is a Spanish word meaning district. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type mayor-council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  465. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Awards

The film was nominated for the 1982 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (won by Arthur). 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... // This article is a disambiguation page about the first name. ...


Cast

The cast of the film (in credits order):

  • Daniel Valdez as Henry Reyna
  • Edward James Olmos as El Pachuco
  • Charles Aidman as George Shearer
  • Tyne Daly as Alice Bloomfield
  • John Anderson as Judge F.W. Charles
  • Abel Franco as Enrique
  • Mike Gomez as Joey/Jose Torres
  • Alma Martínez as Lupe
  • Francis X. McCarthy as Press
  • Lupe Ontiveros as Dolores
  • Ed Peck as Lieutenant Edwards
  • Robert Phalen as District Attorney
  • Tony Plana as Rudy
  • Rose Portillo as Della
  • Marco Rodríguez as Smiley/Ismael Torres
  • Kelly Ward as Tommy/Thomas Roberts
  • Helena Andreyko as Blondie
  • Bob Basso as The Bailiff
  • Darlene Bryan as Little Blue
  • Bernadette Colognne as Legs
  • Miguel Delgado as Rufus
  • Roberta Delgado as Tillie
  • Anacani Echeverria as Pachura vocalist
  • Hammam Shafie as Budda
  • Honey Garcia as Chola
  • James Hogan as Shore Patrol
  • Laura Leyva as Elena
  • Sal Lopez as Hobo
  • Luis Manuel as Cholo
  • Kim Miyori as Manchaka
  • Ángela Moya as Bertha
  • Bertha E. Oropeza as Pachura vocalist
  • Jeff Reynolds as P. Cost
  • Juan Ríos as Crow
  • Greg Rosatti as Leatherneck
  • Nancy Salis as Bonita
  • Candice L. Silva as Pachuca vocalist
  • Geno Silva as Galindo
  • Kurtwood Smith as Sergeant Smith
  • Dennis Stewart as Swabbie
  • Duke Stroud as Guard
  • Judy Susman as Sugarfoot
  • Jon Thomas as Ragman
  • Lewis Whitlock as Zooter
  • Antoinette Yuskis as Ceucra
  • Robert Beltran as Lowrider
  • Alma Beltran as Lowrider's Mother
  • Julio Medina as Lowrider's Father
  • Diane Rodriguez as Court stenographer
  • Socorro Valdez as Lowrider's girlfriend

Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated Mexican-American actor. ... Tyne Daly (born Ellen Tyne Daly on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a Tony Award-winning American stage and screen actress. ... John Anderson (October 20, 1922 - August 7, 1992) was an American actor and director born in Clayton, Illinois. ... Mike Gomez (born April 18, 1951 in Dallas, Texas, USA) is an American actor. ... Lupe Ontiveros is a Mexican-American actress born Lupe Moreno on September 17, 1942, in El Paso, Texas. ... Robert Phalen (born May 10, 1937) is an American actor who starred in films and on television. ... Tony Plana (born April 19, 1954) is a Cuban American actor, born in Havana, Cuba. ... Marco Rodríguez For other uses of this name, please Marco Rodriguez (disambiguation) Marco Rodríguez is a Hispanic actor. ... Kelly Ward is an American actor and voice director for TV animation. ... Anacani (born April 10, 1954) is a Mexican-born American singer best known as a featured performer from The Lawrence Welk Show television program. ... James Hogan James Hogan (born March 7, 1974) is a guitarist from Florida who has worked with the bands Left For Dead, and with Matt Mercados Pivotman. ... Kim Miyori is an Asian, American-born Actress in film and television. ... ≤silly kittens behind an alley looking for scaps of food Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film character actor. ... Robert Beltran as Raoul Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is best known for his role as Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager. ...

See also

Zoot Suit is a musical play by written by Luis Valdez, featuring music from Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the father of Chicano music. ... For the song of the same name, see Zoot Suit (song). ... Zoot Suit riots, June 1943 The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots that erupted in Los Angeles, California during World War II, between sailors and soldiers stationed in the city and Mexican American youths, recognized because of the zoot suits they favored. ...

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Zoot suits first gained popularity in Harlem jazz culture in the late 1930s where they were called "drapes".
Zoot Suits were satirized by Al Capp in 1943 in the comic strip Li'l Abner, in which Abner Yokum appeared as "Zoot Suit Yokum," a gullible but near-indestructible man chosen by a clothing manufacturer to serve as role model for white youth through dangerous, staged heroic feats.
Zoot Suit is also the name of a musical play by written by Luis Valdez, featuring music from Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the "father of Chicano music." When it debuted in 1979, Zoot Suit was the first Chicano play on Broadway.
Zoot Suit Riots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (689 words)
The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots that erupted in Los Angeles, California during World War II, between sailors and soldiers stationed in the city and Mexican American youths, recognized because of the zoot suits they favored.
A murder mystery novel, The Zoot Suit Murders by Thomas Sanchez, employed the riots as a backdrop to the main mystery.
The 1992 film, American Me, alludes to the fact that the lead character Montoya, played by Edward James Olmos was conceived when his mother was raped by sailors during the Zoot Suit Riots.
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