The San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic, Peter Hartlaub, mentioned Bound by Honor/Blood In Blood Out in his list of the best and worst gang movies (the article was prompted by the release of “Crips and Bloods: Made in America”).
Best gang film no one has heard of ( , Editor’s Note)
“Bound by Honor” (1993): Filmed in part inside San Quentin, this story of three young relatives in an East Los Angeles street gang was at least as good as “Colors” but never got its due. Also known as “Blood In Blood Out,” the movie was directed by Taylor Hackford and starred a young Benjamin Bratt as a street hood who later becomes a cop and must deal with his less-honorable family members.
Runners-up: “South Central” and “Mi Vida Loca”
As it was with mixed feelings that I reached the end of the San Francisco Chronicle article (with its praise for Blood In Blood Out and its pointing it out that it was not a success, audience-wise), I thought that this post should wrap up on a light-hearted note. So, I’m sharing a recent blog entry from All Women’s Talk about Benjamin, though it is totally unrelated to the previous article.