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  •  See the movie (3+ / 0-)
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    Dragon5616, rubyr, ER Doc

    Zoot Suit (1981), adapted from a Broadway play, with Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, and Tyne Daly.

    Another aspect of zoot suit culture was Pachuco or Caló slang.

    Part fact and part fiction, Zoot Suit is the film version of Luis Valdez's critically acclaimed play, based on the actual Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940s Los Angeles. Henry Reyna is the leader of a group of Mexican-Americans being sent to San Quentin without substantial evidence for the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. As part of the defense committee, Alice Bloomfield and George Shearer fight the blatant miscarriage of justice for the freedom of Henry and his friends.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:12:06 PM PST

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