Alambrista!
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Alambrista!
Robert M. Young, who has made a cottage industry of "small" atmospheric films, made his directorial debut in 1977's Alambrista!. Domingo Ambriz plays a young Mexican man who crosses illegally into the U.S. The birth of an additional child convinces him that they need more than he can earn on his small farm. Each employment opportunity ultimately evolves into a heartbreak thanks to the exploitative practices of Ambriz's American employers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Roberto endures and escapes one random set of dire circumstances after another without feeling contrived or stopping for cheap sentimental tricks. He even makes a certain selfish choice, but at the time, after what he's been through, who could blame him?"
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Free of false sentiment and always clear of vision."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Now the film can be more fully appreciated for what it is: an influential inspiration to Latino filmmakers and a powerful, non-politicized depiction of the wages of American immigration policy. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A worthy social drama on the heartbreaking hardships of being a Mexican illegal in the States."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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