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American Me

American Me is a 1992 film directed by Edward James Olmos (his first film as director) and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as the movie's main character. The motion picture was executive produced by Lou Adler, a well known record producer. The film covers the life of Santana (Edward James Olmos), a Chicano youth who breaks the law and becomes part of the "legalistic machine" that includes the horrors of serving prison time at Folsom Prison for many years. The film tells of most of Santana's life and how the "system," in toto, works against him, in and out of jail. When Santana is released from prison the question becomes: is there an escape? As important, the film introduces audiences to California gang life, both on the street and in jail. The film depicts thirty years of Chicano gang life in Los Angeles focused on a teen named Santana who, with his friends Mundo and the Caucasian-but-acting-Hispanic J. D., form their own gang and are soon arrested for...This information was automatically generated from Freebase article American Me. You should replace/update it...