Born In East L.A.


1h 24m 1987

Brief Synopsis

Rudy (Cheech Marin) is an American of Mexican descent who is caught up in an immigration raid on a factory. Deported to Mexico as an illegal immigrant, he has no way of proving that he is in fact an American citizen, and is forced to rely on his cunning to sneak his way back home.

Film Details

Also Known As
American Chicano
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Adventure
Release Date
1987
Production Company
Jorge Gomez; Steven Klinghoffer
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
San Ysidro Border, California, USA; Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA; Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; Anderson Street, Los Angeles, California, USA; Zona del Rio, Tijuana, Mexico; Zona Norte, Tijuana, Mexico; La Mesa, Tijuana, Mexico; Avenida Revolucion, Tijuana, Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m

Synopsis

Rudy (Cheech Marin) is an American of Mexican descent who is caught up in an immigration raid on a factory. Deported to Mexico as an illegal immigrant, he has no way of proving that he is in fact an American citizen, and is forced to rely on his cunning to sneak his way back home.

Crew

Laura Aguilar

Production Coordinator

Ray Alba

Sound Editor

Ana Ballesteros

Caterer

Michael Becker

Photography

Cliff Bell Jr.

Adr Editor

Don Brochu

Executive Editor

John Bruno

Titles

Lynda Burbank

Art Director

Javier Carreno

Assistant Director

Flavio Castillero

Casting

Stan Coleman

Executive Producer

Alicia Craft

Camera Assistant

James Cranston

Production Supervisor

Donaciano Deanda

Gaffer

Jerry C Deats

Key Grip

Enrique Depena

Casting

Joe Divitale

Sound Editor

Jesus Duran

Special Effects

Bernard Edwards

Song

Jack English

Electrician

Enrique Estevez

Set Decorator

Efren Flores

Production Assistant

J Rae Fox

Art Director

Jacqueline George

Production Coordinator

Robert W Glass

Sound

Laura Goldsmith

Costumes

Jorge Gomez

Cable Operator

Rosa Maria Gomez

Production Accountant

Elisa Goodman

Casting Associate

Dow Griffith

Location Manager

Ruben Guevara

Other

Bob Gutknecht

Sound Editor

Dick Hancock

Stunts

Ira Hearshen

Original Music

Faustino Hernandez

Dolly Grip

Lindsey Hill

Video

Lee Holdridge

Music

Lee Holdridge

Original Music

William Hooper

Sound Editor

Clint Hutchison

Assistant Editor

Bob Jenkis

Video

Keith Jernquist

Assistant Editor

Manuel Jiminez

Camera Assistant

Richard Joffray

Property Master

William B. Kaplan

Sound

Steven Karatzas

Set Decorator

Peter Kaye

Song

Scot J Kelly

Apprentice

Joe Killian

Transportation Captain

Betsy Klem

Accounting Assistant

Steven Klinghoffer

Cable Operator

Donna Langley

Other

Tony Lorenz

Production Assistant

Steve Lovejoy

Editor

Junie Lowry-johnson

Casting

Cheech Marin

Screenplay

Cheech Marin

Theme Lyrics

Olga Millan

Other

Carlos Montano

Camera Operator

Dan Muscarella

Color Timer

Jerry Nelson

Assistant Editor

David H Newhouse

Editor

Glen Nicol

Production Accountant

Michael O'corrigan

Sound Editor

Steve Olson

Sound Editor

Marco Aurelio Ortiz

Unit Production Manager

Alex Phillips

Director Of Photography

Ken S Polk

Sound

Rick Riccio

Music

Barbara Riley

Negative Cutting

Nile Rodgers

Song

Hector Rodriguez

Art Director

Dennis Rotta

Dolly Grip

Earl Sampson

Boom Operator

Don Sanders

Music Editor

Renate Schneuer

Script Supervisor

David Schrager

Assistant Director

Barbara Shannon

Casting

Mike Sheridan

Editor

Sebastian Silva

Assistant Director

Jef Simons

Makeup Supervisor

Jim Siracusa

Sound Editor

Susie Spencer

Other

Bruce Springsteen

Music

Bruce Springsteen

Song

David W Stern

Production Assistant

Gil Talamantes

Transportation Coordinator

Peter Theodoroff

Apprentice

Robert M Thirlwell

Sound

Art Tostado

Film Lab

Ernesto Trejo

Other

Daniel Valdez

Music Arranger

Isabella B Van Soest

Costume Designer

Alberto Vasquez

Transportation Captain

Salvador Vazquez

Key Grip

John A Venturini

Production Assistant

Enrique Villavicencio

Costumes

Dick Wahrman

Sound Editor

John Whiteside

Other

William G Young

Sound Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
American Chicano
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Adventure
Release Date
1987
Production Company
Jorge Gomez; Steven Klinghoffer
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
San Ysidro Border, California, USA; Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA; Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; Anderson Street, Los Angeles, California, USA; Zona del Rio, Tijuana, Mexico; Zona Norte, Tijuana, Mexico; La Mesa, Tijuana, Mexico; Avenida Revolucion, Tijuana, Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m

Articles

Noble Willingham (1931-2004)


Noble Willingham, the gruffly voiced character actor best known for his role as saloon owner C.D. Parker on Chuck Norris' long-running series Walker, Texas Ranger, died of natural causes on January 17th at his Palm Springs home. He was 72.

Born on August 31, 1931 in Mineola, Texas, Willingham was educated at North Texas State University where he earned a degree in Economics. He later taught government and economics at a high school in Houston, leaving his life-long dreams of becoming an actor on hold until the opportunity presented itself. Such an opportunity happened when in late 1970, Peter Bogdonovich was doing some on-location shooting in south Texas for The Last Picture Show (1971); at the urging of some friends, he audition and won a small role in the picture. From there, Willingham slowly began to find work in some prominent films, including Bogdonovich's Paper Moon (1973), and Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). Around this time, Willingham kept busy with many guest appearances on a variety of popular shows: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Rockford Files and several others.

Critics didn't take notice of his acting abilities until he landed the role of Leroy Mason, the soulless plant manager who stares down Sally Field in Norma Rae (1979). Few could forget him screaming at her, "Lady, I want you off the premises now!" with unapologetic malice. It may have not been a likable character, but after this stint, better roles came along, most notably the corrupt Dr. Fenster in Robert Redford's prison drama Brubaker (1980); and the evil sheriff in the thriller The Howling (1981).

By the late '80s, Willingham was an in-demand character actor, and he scored in three hit films: a border patrol sergeant - a great straight man to Cheech Marin - in the ethnic comedy Born in East L.A.; his wonderfully avuncular performance as General Taylor, the military brass who was sympathetic to an unorthodox disc jockey in Saigon, played by Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam (both 1987); and his good 'ole boy villainy in the Rutger Hauer action flick Blind Fury (1988). His performances in these films proved that if nothing else, Willingham was a solid backup player who was adept at both comedy and drama.

His best remembered role will no doubt be his six year run as the genial barkeep C.D. Parker opposite Chuck Norris in the popular adventure series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-99). However, film reviewers raved over his tortured performance as a foul-mouthed, bigoted boat salesman who suffers a traffic downfall in the little seen, but searing indie drama The Corndog Man (1998); the role earned Willingham a nomination for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards and it showed that this ably supporting performer had enough charisma and talent to hold his own in a lead role.

In 2000, Willingham tried his hand at politics when he unsuccessfully tried to unseat Democrat Max Dandlin in a congressional campaign in east Texas. After the experience, Willingham returned to acting filming Blind Horizon with Val Kilmer in 2003. The movie is to be released later this year. Willingham is survived by his wife, Patti Ross Willingham; a son, John Ross McGlohen; two daughters, Stari Willingham and Meghan McGlohen; and a grandson.

by Michael T. Toole
Noble Willingham (1931-2004)

Noble Willingham (1931-2004)

Noble Willingham, the gruffly voiced character actor best known for his role as saloon owner C.D. Parker on Chuck Norris' long-running series Walker, Texas Ranger, died of natural causes on January 17th at his Palm Springs home. He was 72. Born on August 31, 1931 in Mineola, Texas, Willingham was educated at North Texas State University where he earned a degree in Economics. He later taught government and economics at a high school in Houston, leaving his life-long dreams of becoming an actor on hold until the opportunity presented itself. Such an opportunity happened when in late 1970, Peter Bogdonovich was doing some on-location shooting in south Texas for The Last Picture Show (1971); at the urging of some friends, he audition and won a small role in the picture. From there, Willingham slowly began to find work in some prominent films, including Bogdonovich's Paper Moon (1973), and Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). Around this time, Willingham kept busy with many guest appearances on a variety of popular shows: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Rockford Files and several others. Critics didn't take notice of his acting abilities until he landed the role of Leroy Mason, the soulless plant manager who stares down Sally Field in Norma Rae (1979). Few could forget him screaming at her, "Lady, I want you off the premises now!" with unapologetic malice. It may have not been a likable character, but after this stint, better roles came along, most notably the corrupt Dr. Fenster in Robert Redford's prison drama Brubaker (1980); and the evil sheriff in the thriller The Howling (1981). By the late '80s, Willingham was an in-demand character actor, and he scored in three hit films: a border patrol sergeant - a great straight man to Cheech Marin - in the ethnic comedy Born in East L.A.; his wonderfully avuncular performance as General Taylor, the military brass who was sympathetic to an unorthodox disc jockey in Saigon, played by Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam (both 1987); and his good 'ole boy villainy in the Rutger Hauer action flick Blind Fury (1988). His performances in these films proved that if nothing else, Willingham was a solid backup player who was adept at both comedy and drama. His best remembered role will no doubt be his six year run as the genial barkeep C.D. Parker opposite Chuck Norris in the popular adventure series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-99). However, film reviewers raved over his tortured performance as a foul-mouthed, bigoted boat salesman who suffers a traffic downfall in the little seen, but searing indie drama The Corndog Man (1998); the role earned Willingham a nomination for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards and it showed that this ably supporting performer had enough charisma and talent to hold his own in a lead role. In 2000, Willingham tried his hand at politics when he unsuccessfully tried to unseat Democrat Max Dandlin in a congressional campaign in east Texas. After the experience, Willingham returned to acting filming Blind Horizon with Val Kilmer in 2003. The movie is to be released later this year. Willingham is survived by his wife, Patti Ross Willingham; a son, John Ross McGlohen; two daughters, Stari Willingham and Meghan McGlohen; and a grandson. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer August 21, 1987

Released in United States on Video May 5, 1988

Began principal photography in Tijuana March 15, 1987.

Began shooting in Los Angeles April 30, 1987.

Completed shooting May 22, 1987.

Cheech Marin wrote new lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's song "Born in the U.S.A.".

Released in USA on laserdisc December 1988.

Released in United States Summer August 21, 1987

Released in United States on Video May 5, 1988