Mixed blood

United States, 1984

Film
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Morrissey’s post-Warhol feature film about gang violence in New York’s Alphabet City. Marilia Pera is outstanding as the Brazilian leader of the Mercentanos gang. She is a drug-dealer and pimp, but also mother to a group of teenage boys who obey her every command, be it shooting a rival or doing the laundry. “Mixed Blood” is violent and disturbing but it maintains a comic tone throughout that refuses sentimentality and cliche. This is a drug “exploitation” movie scored to a festive, breezy Latin beat.

Credits

co-producer

Steven Fierberg

Antoine Gannage

production company

Sara Films

Duration

01:40:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1984

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

38131

Language

English

Audience classification

R (18+)

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Hispanic Americans

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Gangs

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Hispanic Americans

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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