“Born in East LA”

August 21, 1987 was the release date of the comedy, “Born in East LA”, written and directed by Cheech Marin of the Cheech & Chong comedy team.  The film centers on a US citizen, Rudy Robles, mistakenly deported to Mexico in an immigration raid.   Rudy struggles through Mexican, unable to speak Spanish, using his only foreign language, German acquired during his service in that country with the US Army. (Like, duh, a little ironic, a man who served his country deported.) After falling in love with a Mexican woman, numerous attempts to cross the border into his home country, and befriending several Mexican youths, Rudy manages to return home.

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