Blood In … Blood Out: Bound by Honor

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Blood In … Blood Out: Bound by Honor ★½ Bound by Honor 1993 (R)

Three-hour epic about Chicano gang culture focuses on three buddies whose lives evolve into a drug-addicted artist, a narc, and a prison regular. Written by acclaimed poet Baca, the film touches on issues such as poverty, racism, drugs, and violence as they pertain to Hispanic life. Unfortunately, the extreme violence (shootings, stabbings, and garrotings) completely overwhelms the rest of the story. Based on a story by Ross Thomas. 180m/C VHS, DVD . Thomas F. Wilson, Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo, Victor Rivers, Delroy Lindo, Tom Towles; D: Taylor Hackford; W: Floyd Mutrux, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone; C: Gabriel Ber-istain; M: Bill Conti.