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Zoot Suit Riots

by Veronica Paredes

The origins of Montoya Santana's (Edward James Olmos) pathology are explained in this scene portraying the 1943 "Zoot Suit Riots" in Los Angeles. In this flashback Santana's parents are beaten, raped and assaulted by sailors in Downtown Los Angeles. In the time of the film's action, the event is looked back on as a moment of deep trauma that ultimately connects to Santana's schism as loving person/ criminal.

"Zoot Suit Riots" in American Me

The origins of Montoya Santana's (Edward James Olmos) pathology are explained in this scene portraying the 1943 "Zoot Suit Riots" in Los Angeles.

from American Me (1992)
Creator: Edward James Olmos
Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment
Posted by Veronica Paredes
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