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The Illegal

6.8
55
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Original title
Alambrista!
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Robert M. Young
Music
Michael Martin Murphey
Cinematography
Tom Hurwitz, Robert M. Young
Cast
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Producer
Filmhaus
Genre
Drama | Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
After his daughter's birth, Roberto leaves his town in Michoacan to make money in the United States. He's "an illegal," crossing into California and taking work wherever he can: picking strawberries, grapes, lettuce, and cucumbers. He hitchhikes, rides freight trains, and depends on the kindness of strangers. Near Stockton, things look up when a sympathetic waitress gives him a place to live and he gets a better job washing helicopters. But immigration raids are a constant possibility that can end stability. Can Roberto hold onto his equilibrium in this foreign land where hard work is not enough?
Awards
1978: Cannes Film Festival: Camera d'Or (Best First Work)
1978: San Sebastian Film Festival: Golden Shell (Best Film)
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