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A Better Life

Year:
Duration:
USA:98 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Chris Weitz
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2011-07-28
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $10,000,000
Opening Weekend: $62,087 (USA) (26 June 2011)
Gross: $1,759,252 (USA) (1 September 2011)
Cast
Actor
Character
Demian Bichir
Carlos Galindo
Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo
Himself
Joaquín Cosio
Blasco Martinez
José Julián
Luis Galindo
Nancy Lenehan
Mrs. Donnely
Gabriel Chavarria
Ramon
Bobby Soto
Facundo
Chelsea Rendon
Ruthie Valdez
Trampas Thompson
School Security Officer
Tim Griffin
Juvie Officer
Valorie Hubbard
School Secretary
Dolores Heredia
Anita
Isabella Rae Thomas
Linda
Carlos Linares
Santiago
Robert Peters
Truck Driver
Bella Balajadia
Bella
Giselle Nieto
Gigi
Luis Colocio
Ruthie's Uncle (as Luis A. Colocio)
Ray Moreno
Ruthie's Uncle
Yelyna De Leon
Ruthie's Mother
Rolando Molina
Jesus
Taide Acosta
Young Woman
Joe Renteria
Bearded Man
Isidro Vallin
Payaso
Henry Ambriz
Mexican Singer
Miguel Alejandro Gaxiola
Voz de Mando Singer
Jorge Arturo Gaxiola
Voz de Mando Singer
Robert Renderos
Busboy
Charles Currier
Auto Mart Security Guard
Marlon Correa
Prison Guard
Adrian Mojica
Police Officer
Todd Felix
Gabe Wettenal
Eddie Martinez
Rey
Jason Medwin
ICE Officer
Tom Schanley
ICE Officer
Abraham Chaidez
Coyote
Lian Castillo
Student
Darell M. Davie
Prisoner
Maynor Lopez
Gardener
Ruben Avitia
ICE Officer (uncredited)
Rico Devereaux
Bouncer (uncredited)
Patrizia Medrano
Dancer in Nightclub (uncredited)
George Paez
Nicaraguan (uncredited)
Abraham Rubio
Club Bouncer (uncredited)
Tatiana Sarasty
Young Woman (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Director Chris Weitz liked to do all the dangerous scenes in the script before he asked his cast to perform them. A stunt double taught Weitz and Demian Bichir how to climb a palm tree, and although Weitz was first to successfully climb one, Bichir did go on to film all the scenes himself, without a stunt double. Weitz told the audience at a SAG Screening: "That is why in my films there are not many scenes that require stunt doubles".
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Bichir was nominated for Best Actor for the 2012 Oscars.
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Goofs
At 21:10, the size and shape of the bread that Santiago is giving to Carlos Galindo is different from different angles.
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When Carlos is chasing his stolen truck, he has his climbing belt in his hand. When he gives up and walks away, his hands are empty.
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Quotes
Carlos Galindo: This country is a land of dreams. It can be a hard place, a cruel place. But it's where I work, and I dream of a better place for my son.
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Carlos Galindo: I worry about you all the time.
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Carlos Galindo: This truck is my only chance to grow this into something big. So we can move out of here and get you in a better school.
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Faq
Q
What film has 'A Better Life' been compared to?
A
This film has been compared to the Italian film The Bicycle Thief (1948) in which a father and his son are searching for a stolen bicycle, which is desperately needed for his work. In 'A Better Life', a father and son are on a similar quest.
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Photos from cast
Magi Avila Richard Cabral