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...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)

| Drama | 5 May 1995 (USA)
Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing... See full summary »

Director:

Severo Perez

Writers:

Tomás Rivera (novel), Severo Perez
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jose Alcala Jose Alcala ... Marcos
Rose Portillo ... Florentina
Art Bonilla ... Lalo
Marco Rodríguez ... Joaquin
Lupe Ontiveros ... Doña Rosa
Daniel Valdez Daniel Valdez ... Bartolo
Evelyn Guerrero Evelyn Guerrero ... Lupita
Sam Vlahos ... Don Cleto
Sal Lopez ... El Mohado
Miguel Rodríguez Miguel Rodríguez ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francisco Aragon ... Julian (as Frank Aragon)
James Jude Courtney ... Carpenter
Gregory Gifford Giles ... Father Josef (as Gregory Giles)
Sara Harris Sara Harris ... Nun
Halbert Hernandez ... (as Halbert Bernal)
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Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing is awful, sometimes the boss furnishes no water as the hands labor, and TB goes untreated. In good times the pay is $15 a day for adults, half that for children. For a few sordid weeks, his parents leave him in the care of a corrupt couple, he's expelled from school for hitting back, and he finds solace in a graveyard. As his parents long for their missing son, as folks gather around a local troubadour for songs of romance, comedy, and heartbreak, Marcos observes and remembers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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texas | song | school | minnesota | migrant | See All (55) »

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a haunting remembrance of Chicano family life in the 1950s

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...y no se lo tragó la tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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an eye-opening story about migrant farmworkers
7 November 2005 | by palmer-23See all my reviews

The movie ". . . And The Earth Did not Swallow Him," based on the book by Tomas Rivera, is an eye-opening movie for most people. It talks about the exploitation that migrant farmworkers go through in order to survive.

Sergio Perez uses impressionistic techniques to depict Rivera's story. He uses sienna and gray-scale effects to depict some of the scenes, and he uses specific photographic techniques to make the scenes look like they took place in the 1950s.

Perez also gives life to the film by using time-appropriate music, including balladeering and guitar playing.

I feel that it is a good film to view because it shows in detail how migrant farmworkers live, what they do for entertainment, and their beliefs.


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