A champion breeder of roosters returns home after serving a prison sentence but runs into problems as he seeks to re-assimilate into his family and the family business.

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Edward James Olmos in Roosters

Edward James Olmos plays Gallo Morales.

The Numbers

Roosters was released on July 14, 1995.

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  • Roosters features Sonia Braga and Maria Conchita Alonso, both of whom have worked with Edward James Olmos in other projects. Both women have played his on-screen wife – Alonso in Caught, and Braga in "American Family", Roosters, and "The Judge".
  • Roosters marks Edward James Olmos sixth time working with director Robert M. Young.


My Take

Roosters is a compelling look at a dysfunctional family and how the patriarch (Edward James Olmos) struggles to re-assimilate upon returning home after completing a seven-year stint in prison for manslaughter.

Roosters once again reunites Edward James Olmos with independent filmmaker Robert M. Young and pairs him for the first time with Sonia Braga as his character's long-suffering wife. Braga and Olmos eventually go on to play spouses in other projects "American Family" and "The Judge", their chemistry comfortable, as if they'd been working together for years. They are the anchors in this drama based on a stage play.

The acting is solid, as is the direction. Olmos stretches his wings in this performance, and plays a type of character we're not used to seeing him as – a talkative and insecure personality – and he pulls it off well. Braga, as always, is an outstanding actress who is unfortunately highly underused in just about anything she's in.

Roosters is not always a comfortable movie to watch. It is painful to watch the father try to put himself back into the family dynamic. He is sometimes successful, at least with his wife, but there's so much awkwardness with the children and loads of conflict with the elder son over the prize rooster.

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