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Piñero

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Leon Ichaso
  • 90 mins
  • 18

Summary

Biographical drama starring Benjamin Bratt as influential playwright and poet Miguel Piñero. Following an abusive upbringing and a spell in jail, Piñero becomes a pivotal figure in the New York art scene. But his meteoric rise is matched by an equally rapid fall.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Born in Puerto Rico, Miguel Piñero endured an abusive upbringing and a spell in jail before finding fame as the Tony-nominated playwright of the semi-autobiographical Short Eyes. Yet, having founded the influential Nuyorican Poets Cafe and guested on several TV cop shows, he succumbed to drug addiction and died derelict in 1988. Benjamin Bratt captures Piñero's pain and unpredictability with affecting power. But in seeking to convey the lyricism of the writing through a flashbacking structure, shaky digi-camerawork, and shifts between monochrome and colour, director Leon Ichaso succeeds only in confusing the issues, while drawing attention to his own self-conscious artistry.

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Credits

Cast

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Miguel PiñeroBenjamin Bratt
Miguel AlgarinGiancarlo Esposito
SugarTalisa Soto
TitoNelson Vasquez
Reinaldo PovodMichael Irby
EdgarMichael Wright
MotherRita Moreno
FatherJaime Sanchez
JakeRome Neal
Joseph PappMandy Patinkin

Crew

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DirectorLeon Ichaso

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse and some sex scenes.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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