American Me

American Me (1992)

In prison they are the law. On the streets they are the power.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1992-03-13
  • User Rating: 7.327/10 from 275 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 5min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Edward James Olmos
star 7.327/10
From 275 Ratings


During his 18 years in Folsom Prison, street-gang leader Santana rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, Santana goes back to his old neighborhood, intending to lead a peaceful, crime-free life. But his old gang buddies force him back into his old habits.


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  • Edward James Olmos

    as Montoya Santana
  • William Forsythe

    as J.D.
  • Pepe Serna

    as Mundo
  • Panchito Gómez

    as Young Montoya Santana
  • Steve Wilcox

    as Young J.D.
  • Danny De La Paz

    as Puppet
  • Sal Lopez

    as Pedro Santana
  • Dyana Ortelli

    as Yolanda
  • William Smith

    as Deacon
  • Evelina Fernández

    as Julie
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    as El Japo
  • Daniel Villarreal

    as Little Puppet
  • Daniel A. Haro

    as Huero
  • Vira Montes

    as Esperanza Santana
  • Richard Coca

    as Young Mundo
  • Roberto Martín Márquez

    as Acha
  • Joe Aubel

    as Tattoo Artist
  • Rob Garrett

    as Zoot Riot Bystander
  • Lance August

    as Young Sailor
  • Cody Glenn

    as Older Sailor
  • Don Pugsley

    as Police Officer
  • Albert Joe Medina Jr.

    as Street Mechanic
  • Alex Solís

    as Street Mechanic
  • Raymond Amezquita

    as Abuelito
  • Javier Castellanos

    as Hazard Kid
  • Richard Lee-Sung

    as Restaurant Owner
  • Eric Close

    as Juvie Hall Attacker
  • Christian Klemash

    as Blond Kid in Yard
  • Brian Holechek

    as Juvie Officer
  • Rigoberto Jimenez

    as Big Happy
  • Domingo Ambriz

    as Pie Face
  • Ron Thompson

    as Junkie
  • Glenn Shelton

    as Visiting Room Guard
  • Scott Johnstad

    as Visiting Room Guard
  • Abraham Verduzco

    as Paulito - Age 7
  • Grace Morley

    as JD's Friend
  • Vic Trevino

    as Cheetah
  • Robby Robinson

    as Drug Thief
  • Paul Bollen

    as Doc
  • Guillermo Pérez

    as Willie-Vato
  • Robert Chavez

    as Sparky
  • Rafael H. Robledo

    as El Chucko
  • Modesto M. Sanchez

    as Mo
  • Dennis Ryan Sacco

    as Paulito - Age 11
  • Michael Shaner

    as Tony Scagnelli, Jr.
  • Tom S. Ventimiglia

    as Segregation Guard
  • William Fetzer

    as Processing Guard
  • Thomas Richard Gorman III

    as Processing Guard
  • George Padilla

    as Mundo's Attorney
  • Humberto Madrigal

    as Veneno
  • Jaime Gomez

    as Eddie
  • Jose Guardado

    as Samson
  • Jacob Vargas

    as Paulito - Age 15
  • Daniel Lujan

    as Mico - Age 9
  • Rodney Rincon

    as Shoe Salesman
  • John Rangel

    as Neto - Age 15
  • Robert Pucci

    as Bodyguard
  • Tony Giorgio

    as Don Antonio Scagnelli
  • Sabino Villa Lobos

    as Tin Man
  • Armando Briseno

    as Chuy
  • Mauricio Ernesto Anzueto

    as Bam Bam
  • Manny Perry

    as Arthur J
  • Bennie Moore

    as Ronnie Little
  • Alex Brown

    as Eddie Johnson
  • Gerald Lynn Walker

    as BGF Member
  • William T. Amos

    as Tank
  • Irma Aurea García

    as Lourdes
  • Robert Alvarez

    as Ralphy
  • Ken Medlock

    as Cop
  • Rolando Molina

    as Cop
  • Ana Lizarraga

    as Julie's Mother
  • Steven Cisneros

    as Chivo
Production Russell Gray Casting Associate
Directing Edward James Olmos Director
Production Edward James Olmos Producer
Editing Arthur Coburn Editor
Art Joe Aubel Production Design
Production Sean Daniel Producer
Production Bob Morones Casting
Crew Joel Kramer Stunt Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Denise Wingate Assistant Costume Designer
Camera Reynaldo Villalobos Director of Photography
Art Lance Lombardo Leadman
Production Jeff Olan Extras Casting Coordinator
Production Shelly Glasser Production Coordinator
Writing Floyd Mutrux Screenplay
Production Floyd Mutrux Executive Producer
Writing Floyd Mutrux Story
Editing Richard Candib Editor
Costume & Make-Up Gloria Ponce Assistant Hairstylist
Sound Dennis Jones Production Sound Mixer
Production Lou Adler Executive Producer
Sound Jeff Clark Sound Editor
Writing Desmond Nakano Screenplay
Production Terra Abroms Post Production Coordinator
Production Robert M. Young Producer
Camera Robert M. Young Camera Operator
Crew Gus Williams Stunts
Production Martine White Assistant Location Manager
Sound Jack Woods Sound Editor
Production Brian E. Frankish Unit Production Manager
Production Brian E. Frankish Co-Producer
Art Martin Price Set Decoration
Art Darrell L. Wight Set Designer
Camera Horace Jordan First Assistant Camera
Costume & Make-Up John Casey Costume Supervisor
Production Randee Lynne Jensen Associate Producer
Crew Robbie Knott Special Effects Coordinator
Camera David L. Butler Helicopter Camera
Sound Mark Gordon Sound Editor
Crew Randy Peters Transportation Coordinator
Sound Andy D'Addario Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Camera Randy Nolen Steadicam Operator
Editing Julie Dole Assistant Editor
Sound James Bolt Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Pat Suraci Boom Operator
Costume & Make-Up Sylvia Vega-Vasquez Costume Design
Art Richard Toyon Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up David Abbott Makeup Artist
Sound John Stacy Supervising Sound Editor
Camera Jeff Mart Steadicam Operator
Production Antoinette Levine Location Manager
Production Antoinette Levine Associate Producer
Production Irwin Young Executive Producer
Sound Claude Gaudette Original Music Composer
Sound Claude Gaudette Orchestrator
Sound Dennis Lambert Original Music Composer
Sound Dennis Lambert Music Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Theo Mayes Hairstylist
Camera Donald E. Thorin Jr. First Assistant Camera
Lighting Mike Amorelli Best Boy Electric
Lighting Hugo Cortina Chief Lighting Technician
Editing Paula Suhy Assistant Editor
Sound Sukey Fontelieu ADR Editor
Editing Phil Hetos Color Timer
Sound Dawn Soler Music Consultant
Camera Tony Friedkin Still Photographer
Sound Jimmy Ling Sound Editor
Camera Bob Munoz Key Grip
Production Luis Reyes Publicist
Art Joseph Musso Production Illustrator
Sound Michael Lippman Music Consultant
Production Fabiana Arrastia Assistant Production Coordinator
Directing Brian Whitley Second Assistant Director
Sound David Spence Sound Editor
Art Stephanie J. Gordon Set Designer
Production Ramona Sánchez-Waggoner Production Accountant
Sound Lori Martino Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Dale Johnston Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Carlos Yeaggy Makeup Department Head
Sound James J. Isaacs Sound Editor
Sound Denise Whiting ADR Editor
Sound Lily Diamond Supervising ADR Editor
Sound Albert Romero Sound Recordist
Sound Richard Oswald Sound Editor
Sound George A. Martin Supervising Music Editor
Editing Sharon McGeeney Negative Cutter
Sound William L. Manger Sound Editor
Sound Jim Yant Sound Editor
Editing Susan Godfrey Assistant Editor
Camera Tony Villalobos Second Assistant Camera
Sound Bruce Bell Sound Editor
Art Stephen R. Ferry Swing
Sound Karin Roulo Foley Mixer
Camera Joe Hicks Dolly Grip
Production Sally Perle Extras Casting
Directing Richard Espinoza First Assistant Director
Camera Michael Meinardus Steadicam Operator
Camera Steve Bridge Camera Operator
Crew Tony Casas Technical Advisor
Camera Reynaldo Villalobos III Second Assistant Camera
Crew Maria Varni Loader
Camera Douglas L. Adam Jr. Additional First Assistant Camera
Crew Bob Hoffman Public Relations
Art Dean B. Katz Set Dresser
Art Matt Hailey Swing
Art Marc Martin Del Campo Swing
Editing Elizabeth Schmidt Assistant Editor
Directing Cassandra Barrere Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Willie Perez Key Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Monica Vasquez Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Julian Mendoza Costume Illustrator
Costume & Make-Up Jessica Vasquez Costumer
Art David Scott Property Master
Art Eugene Freiburger Assistant Property Master
Camera T. Sano Kwong Best Boy Grip
Crew David Pauker Post Production Supervisor
Sound Dan Thomas Sound Editor
Sound Bill Weinman Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Bruce Frazier Conductor
Sound Tanya Sharp David ADR Mixer
Sound Greg W. Lowe ADR Recordist
Crew Don Varela Transportation Captain
Crew Sharon Hollis Transportation Captain
Art Greg Villalva Construction Coordinator
Camera Clarence Tindell Grip
Camera Brian Holechek Grip
Editing Brian Ralph Negative Cutter