Born in East L.A. is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Cheech Marin of the Cheech & Chong comedy team.
The film is about an American (born in East Los Angeles) of Chicano descent whom authorities deport to Tijuana. It is based on a novelty parody song (1984) of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.".
The parody song was written by Marin and released on the 1985 Cheech & Chong album Get Out of My Room. The song was made into a music video the same year. It became a hit, so Marin decided to use the song as the source material for his first solo film. The film was distributed by Universal Pictures, which later released it on VHS and DVD.
Rudy Robles (Marin) is at home in East Los Angeles being told by his mother to pick up his cousin Javier (Paul Rodriguez) in Downtown Los Angeles at a factory before his mother and sister leave for Fresno. Rudy arrives only a few minutes before the factory is raided by la migra (immigration officials).
Rudy is wrongfully accused of...