Elpidia Carrillo as Isabel; Enrique Castillo as Memo Sanchez; Jenny Gago as Maria Sanchez; Constance Marie; Esai Morales as Chucho; Edward James Olmos as Paco; Eduardo L Rojas; Jimmy Smits as Jimmy Sanchez; Eduardo Lï¿½pez Rojas as Jose Sanchez; Rafael Cortï¿½s as Roberto; Ivette Reina as Trini; Amelia Zapata as Roberto's Girlfriend; Jennifer Lopez
Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in East L.A., and their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 50's. As the second generation become adults in the 60's, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy's journey to becoming a responsible parent.