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1st Strike (2016)

Juan is a teenager in a gang-infested LA barrio. When his Uncle Manny invites him out on a joy ride, the situation goes bad. Juan is accused of a crime he did not commit. Now Juan is caught between loyalty to his uncle and the Law.


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


Credited cast:
Danny Trejo ... Manny Garcia
Johnny Ortiz ... Juan Garcia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stella Ademiluyi Stella Ademiluyi ... Court Stenographer
Ric Aguirre Ric Aguirre ... Officer Littlebody
Felipe Alejandro Felipe Alejandro ... Officer Fregoso
Salvador Arellano Salvador Arellano ... Manny's Co-star
Kyara Campos Kyara Campos ... Diana Garcia
Alan Corral Alan Corral ... Javier
Jocelyn Cruz Jocelyn Cruz ... Mika
Deadlee ... Prison Tattoo Artist (as Joseph Deadlee)
Luis Frausto Luis Frausto ... Gangbanger
Billy Gallo ... Sgt. Veritas
Kevin Gonzalez Kevin Gonzalez ... Norman
Alicia Harris ... Assistant D.A.
Nicki Hunter ... Exotic Dancer #2




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 members 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 Boricua Films

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There is no justice... it's just us.



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Love the movie also love the story. Very well done.
16 February 2017 | by bsmilgysSee all my reviews

The movie was well done. It was realistic and was what really happens when you get involved with the wrong people. The writing was well done it is almost if the writer was living that type of life. It is not easy to make it if nobody will believe in you. I am glad that I saw the movie. I have recommended to many of my friends. The actors did a fine job especially the actor who played the attorney defending the the young man he was very good. Like to see more movies like that.

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Release Date:

1 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Boricua Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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