Mixed Blood (1985 film)

Mixed Blood is a 1985 film directed by Paul Morrissey and John Leguizamo's film debut.

Mixed Blood
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Directed byPaul Morrissey
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyStefan Zapasnik
Edited byScott Vickrey
Music byCoati Mundi
  • Sara Films
  • Set Satellite
Distributed byCinevista
Release date
18 October 1985 (US)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States


Rita La Punta (Marília Pêra) leads a gang of underaged Brazilian kids in an attempt to seize control of New York's Lower East Side's drug trade from a Puerto Rican gang.

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Marília Pêra Rita La Punta
Richard Ulacia Thiago
Rodney Harvey Jose
Linda Kerridge Carol
Geraldine Smith Toni
Angel David Juan
Roberto Luis Santana Assassin

Critical receptionEdit

Vincent Canby of The New York Times enjoyed the film:

Paul Morrissey continues to be a cinema original and his Mixed Blood, a most unorthodox look at life in the drug trade on New York's Lower East Side, is successively comic, brutal, primitive and sophisticated – a comedy with the manners of a live-action cartoon for jaded adults.[1]

However, the reviewer at Time Out did not care for it:

[The film is] Often taken for black comedy, its lurid visuals, ragbag assortment of performance styles, and the succession of ambushes, escapes and showdowns suggest something closer to Victorian melodrama.[2]


  1. ^ Tomatoes
  2. ^ "Cocaine Review. Movie Reviews – Film – Time Out London". Timeout.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010.

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