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Strike One (2014)

A young boy living in a gang-controlled place finds that he might be able to get by in his neighborhood, but possibly never get out because he is affiliated with gang-related activities.

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David Llauger Meiselman (as David Llauger-Meiselman)

Writers:

Howard Cohen, Lawrence Smilgys (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Corral Alan Corral ... Javier
Danny Trejo ... Manny Garcia
James Russo ... Paul Fairfield
Billy Gallo ... Sgt. Veritas
French Stewart ... Director
Alma Martinez ... Mrs. Garcia
Reginald VelJohnson ... Judge Morris
Lawrence Smilgys Lawrence Smilgys ... Alan Hartford
Johnny Ortiz ... Juan Garcia
Maria Isa Maria Isa ... Angie Garcia
Kyara Campos Kyara Campos ... Diana Garcia
Zahn McClarnon ... Muerto Leader
Mariano 'Big Dawg' Mendoza ... Muerto Muscle (as Mariano Mendoza)
James Tumminia ... District Attorney Ben O' Connor
Jocelyn Cruz Jocelyn Cruz ... Mika
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Juan Garcia is a boy on the threshold of manhood living in a gang-controlled neighborhood. His role models could not be further apart: his older sister Angie, a single mom, struggling to gain a foothold in the white corporate world and his uncle Manny, an ex-gang member, who has fallen into an acting career playing gang bangers since his release from prison. With the future on his doorstep, Juan, like most boys, can only think of girls and is unaware of the judicial system's hard line stance against gang affiliation. Written by Strike One Films

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We are all equal...in the eyes of the law.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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23 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Authentic, Entertaining and Eye-Opening
27 September 2015 | by fionafarrahiSee all my reviews

I loved how identifiable and authentic the cast of characters were. The moment you are introduced to Juan in the film, you are rooting for him. You see your little brother or cousin in him and you can't help but want some divine intervention to come into his life. You also see clearly how easy it is to get caught up in the illusion of security that the streets offer. Danny Trejo was brilliant in this. It was nice to see him play such a layered, multidimensional character.

In short, the film is a must see from the cast and storyline to the edgy directing. I'm looking forward to seeing more work by David Llauger Meiselman.


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