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Almost a Woman (2002)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 15 September 2002
A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face. Esmeralda ... See full summary »

Director:

Betty Kaplan

Writers:

Esmeralda Santiago (book), Esmeralda Santiago (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wanda De Jesus ... Mami
Miriam Colon ... Tata
Cliff De Young ... Mr. Burnett
Francesco Quinn ... Don Carlos
Luis Garcia Luis Garcia ... Francisco Cortez
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Don Julio (as Ismael East Carlo)
Alexis Cruz ... Nestor
Angelo Pagán ... Papi (as Angelo Pagan)
George Wyner ... Dr. Fishbeck
Christine Healy ... Mrs. Parsons
Diane Salinger ... Mrs. Moore
Anne De Salvo ... Miss Narayan
Ana Maria Lagasca ... Negi
Evangelina Martínez Evangelina Martínez ... Delsa
Stacy Gallardo Stacy Gallardo ... Norma Santiago
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A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face. Esmeralda Santiago (Ana Maria Lagasca) takes on the life roles of daughter, student and translator for her family. She excels at everything she does, and then she trains to become a stage actress after prompting from her high school guidance counselor. She encounters struggles in the pursuit of her dreams, yet the challenges give her the life experience to become a great actress and writer. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost a Woman - Melkein nainen See more »

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Alt Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This movie is based on the actual life story of author, Esmeralda Santiago. See more »

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Wonderful adaptation of Esmeralda Santiago's second memoir
3 August 2002 | by PeterMHSee all my reviews

The sequel to "When I Was Puerto Rican" has been adapted by the authoress herself and made into a charming coming-of-age story of a young Puerto Rican woman who learns to juggle multiple personas as she tries to survive the trials and tribulations of an immigrant in 1960s New York. The actress chosen to play "Negi", Ana Maria Lagasca, is a find and should do great things in her career. Wanda De Jesus, who plays the mother, is a consummate artist worth watching just for her beauty alone.


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