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Title Year Length (Minutes) MPAA Rating My Rating
Zoot Suit 1981 103 R 3.0 out of 5 ducks
Ending
Based on the actual Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940s Los Angeles. Henry is the leader of a group of Mexican-Americans being sent to San Quentin without sufficient evidence for the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. As part of the defense committee, Alice and George fight the blatant miscarriage of justice for the freedom of Henry and his friends. Henry is also advised by the mythical Pachuco whose advice seems to get him into even more trouble most of the time. At the trial Henry and friends are put in jail for life (due to a racist judge), despite Alice and George's efforts and the testimony of Henry's girlfriend. Alice and George try their best to appeal for a new trial while Henry falls into total despair in part thanks to Pachuco's advice. Henry has a big fight with one of the guards which puts him into solitary. There, Henry forces himself to realize Pachuco's persona is really part of himself and finally manages to overcome his anger and decides to help Alice and George with the appeal. Henry finally gets out of jail and everyone welcomes him warmly including his girlfriend Lupe (who was waiting for him all the time; Henry tried to start a relationship with Alice but it never worked out, because it would interfere with her job). Henry sees the Pachuco again, who tells him it's not over yet. At the end we see two possible endings for Henry: either he continued his criminal career and ends up in jail again and dead of a drug overdose in 1972, and another where he joined the army and died as a war hero in 1950. The second one seems like the most likely true ending. Moving film reel
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