Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this decidedly Hollywood view of what growing up Puerto Rican in New York must really be like, almost an entire family (with only one son and a daughter) faces disintegration and tragedy. The father loses his job, which puts the family in a crisis situation. So the son goes out to find work as a delivery boy and the daughter eventually lapses into prostitution. Trouble brews when the son confronts a local gang leader whom he believes has misused his sister, and the mother similarly tracks down a bully for more or less the same reason. In a plot twist, it is the mother's confrontation that goes from bad to worse, precipitating a comparable and tragic denouement at home.
against-all-odds, death, family, immigrant, poverty, suicide