Blood in Blood Out

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Blood in Blood Out (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Blood In Blood Out,” also known as “Bound by Honor,” is a crime drama film released in 1993, directed by Taylor Hackford. The movie features an ensemble cast, including Damian Chapa as Miklo Velka, Jesse Borrego as Cruz Candelaria, Benjamin Bratt as Paco Aguilar, and Enrique Castillo as Montana.

The story follows the lives of three cousins, Miklo, Cruz, and Paco, who grow up in the barrios of East Los Angeles. Despite sharing the same blood, they each take different paths in life. Miklo is of mixed ethnicity (half Mexican and half white) and faces discrimination within his gang. Cruz chooses education and art, while Paco becomes a police officer.

The film explores their struggles, ambitions, and the challenges they face as they navigate their complex identities within their respective communities. It delves into themes of gang culture, racism, and the importance of family bonds.

“Blood In Blood Out” is known for its gritty and realistic portrayal of gang life and the powerful performances of its cast. The movie provides a deep and sometimes brutal look at the complexities of loyalty, betrayal, and the impact of choices made in the face of adversity.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, but it has garnered a cult following, particularly among fans of crime dramas and stories about the struggles of marginalized communities.

“Blood In Blood Out” serves as a touchstone for viewers interested in exploring the harsh realities of gang life, the search for identity, and the power of friendship and family bonds in the face of challenging circumstances. It remains a powerful and poignant film that continues to resonate with audiences for its candid depiction of a multifaceted urban experience.

Blood in Blood Out (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

Additional Details


  • Damian Chapa: Miklo Velka
  • Jesse Borrego: Cruz Candelaria
  • Benjamin Bratt: Paco Aguilar
  • Enrique Castillo: Montana Oseguera
  • Delroy Lindo: Bonafide
  • Victor Rivers: Magic
  • Tom Towles: Red Ryder
  • Carlos Carrasco: Popeye
  • Theodore Wilson: Wallace
  • Raymond Cruz: Chuey
  • Valente Rodriguez: Frankie
  • Lanny Flaherty: Big Al
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Lightning
  • Danny Trejo: Geronimo
  • Victor Mohica: Mano
  • Luis Contreras: Realthing
  • Ving Rhames: Ivan
  • Richard Masur: Prison librarian
  • Thomas F. Wilson: Rollie McCann
  • Lupe Ontiveros: Carmen


  • Director: Taylor Hackford
  • Producer: Taylor Hackford and Jerry Gershwin
  • Screenplay: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux
  • Music: Bill Conti

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