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¡Alambrista!

Robert M. Young

 
¡Alambrista! (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1977
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English, Spanish
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  • Spine #609

In ¡Alambrista!, a Mexican farmworker sneaks across the border to California to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromising, groundbreaking work of realism from American independent filmmaker Robert M. Young. Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young’s take is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a political work that never loses sight of the complex man at its center. ¡Alambrista!, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s inaugural Caméra d’Or in 1978, remains one of the best films ever made on this perennially relevant topic.

Cast

RobertoDomingo Ambriz
JoeTrinidad Silva
SharonLinda Gillin
Anglo coyoteNed Beatty
Man in caféJerry Hardin
Second drunkJulius Harris
Roberto’s wife Ludevina Mendez Salazar
Roberto’s motherMaria Guadalupe Chavez
ContractorEdward Lopez
Strawberry field ownersEvelyn Chieko Saito
Strawberry field ownersTom Tar
BertoPaul Berrones
Cook in café George Smith
Sharon’s brotherDennis Harris
First drunkEdward James Olmos
Revival preacherReverend J. D. Hurt
Mexican coyoteSalvador Martinez
Junkyard ownersR. L. Dick Rautenberg
Junkyard ownersKent Rautenberg
Junkyard cookFélix José Álvarez
Roberto’s fatherJohn Sandoval
Watermelon field crew bossAlfred Alvernaz
Highway Patrol officerOfficer Constantine Copulos
Border officialsOfficer J. C. Lamont
Border officialsOfficer Thomas Coffman
Pregnant womanLily Álvarez

Credits

DirectorRobert M. Young
ProducerMichael Hausman and Irwin Young
Executive producerBarbara Schultz, Albert Camarillo, Ph.D., Davíd Carrasco, Ph.D., Jose B. Cuellar and Ph.D.
Written byRobert M. Young
Director of photographyRobert M. Young
EditingEdward Beyer and Norman Buckley
Music composed and adapted byFrancisco Herrera and Tomas Montoya
Associate producersSandra Schulberg and David Streit
Assistant directorMichael Hausman
Additional photographyTom Hurwitz
Sound mixerMartin Quiroz
Art directorLili Kilvert
Lighting directorMichael Barrow
Assistant editorJay Dranch
Sound editorMitch Worth
Location coordinatorDonald Wylie
Production assistantsShawn Hausman, Madeline Todd and Sarah Young
Still photographerAndrew Young

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring director Robert M. Young and coproducer Michael Hausman
  • New interview with actor Edward James Olmos
  • Children of the Fields (1973), a short documentary by Young, accompanied by a new interview with the director
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by film historian Charles Ramírez Berg

    New cover by Richard Mia

Film Essays

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¡Alambrista!: Inside the Undocumented Experience

By Charles Ramírez BergApril 17, 2012

Robert M. Young’s unprecedentedly intimate portrait of a Mexican migrant worker in the U.S. is . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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¡Alambrista!: Inside the Undocumented Experience

By Charles Ramírez BergApril 17, 2012

Robert M. Young’s unprecedentedly intimate portrait of a Mexican migrant worker in the U.S. is . . . Read more »