While many films spawn hit singles and rock videos, BORN IN EAST L.A. was one of the few to come to the screen after both the song and video. After reading about the 1985 case of a 14-year-old American citizen who was snatched up by Immigration and Naturalization workers and sent south
of the border, Cheech Marin wrote a song parodying Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." entitled "Born in East L.A." and made a video to accompany it. Universal then approached Marin with the idea of writing, directing, and starring in a picture budgeted at $5 million, an offer Marin readily
accepted. Rudy Robles (Marin) is a third-generation Mexican-American who is mistakenly ca...