Release Date: December 14, 2001
Release pushed back from December 5, 2001
Limited release


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Cuban-born director Leon Ichaso (Miami Vice, Sugar Hill) brings us this biographical film of the life of Miguel Piñero, a latino poet, playwright and actor whose work has been incredibly influential within the minority community (specifically the latino community) in New York.

The cast is chock-full of familiar though not necessarily known faces. Playing the lead is Benjamin Bratt in what is being viewed by some as an Oscar-worthy performance. Supporting Bratt are Taliso Soto (Mortal Kombat, Fly Paper), Rita Moreno (Oz, The Cosby Mysteries) and Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Homicide: Life On The Streets).

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to excellent reviews though its unique style might prove a bit off-putting to more less-discerning viewers. There might be some Oscar buzz surrounding this film after it goes into wider release. The current plan is to have it open in New York where it will likely do well and possibly build momentum from there as Oscar season chugs along. (Walid Habboub/BOP)

Vital statistics for Piñero
Main Cast Benjamin Bratt, Giancarlo Esposito, Talisa Soto
Supporting Cast Nelson Vasquez, Michael Irby, Michael Wright, Rita Moreno, Jaime Sanchez
Director Leon Ichaso
Screenwriter Leon Ichaso
Distributor Miramax
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Running Time 103 minutes
Screen Count 14
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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