The Perez Family

The Perez Family (1995)

On the way to finding a family, she found love.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1995-05-12
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 22 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 53min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
star 6.6/10
From 22 Ratings


In the midst of the Mariel boat lift -- a hurried exodus of refugees from Cuba going to America -- an immigration clerk accidentally presumes that dissident Juan Raul Perez and Dorita Evita Perez are married. United by their last name and a mutual resolve to emigrate, Dorita and Juan agree to play along. But it gets complicated when the two begin falling for each other just as Juan reunites with his wife, Carmela, whom he hasn't seen in decades.

The Perez Family Trailer

The Perez Family Photos

  • Marisa Tomei

    as Dorita Evita Perez
  • Alfred Molina

    as Juan Raul Perez
  • Anjelica Huston

    as Carmela Perez
  • Chazz Palminteri

    as Lt. John Pirelli
  • Trini Alvarado

    as Teresa Perez
  • Ruben Rabasa

    as Father Martinez
  • Luis Raúl

    as News Photographer
  • Vincent Gallo

    as Orlando
  • Celia Cruz

    as Luz Pat
  • Diego Wallraff

    as Angel Diaz
  • Ellen Cleghorne

    as Officer Rhoades
  • Angela Lanza

    as Flavia
  • Bill Sage

    as Steve Steverino
  • Billy Hopkins

    as Father Aiden
  • Gustavo Laborie

    as Cuban Official
  • Melissa Anne Acosta

    as Isabel
  • Roberto Escobar

    as Rivera
  • Sarita Choudhury

    as Josette
  • Glenda Díaz Rigau

    as Giovanna
  • Melissa Hickey

    as Young Carmela
  • Mira Nair

    as Woman buying Flowers
  • Antoni Corone

    as Security
  • Mel Gorham

    as Vilma / Raquel
  • Sheila Korsi

    as Cuban Refugee
Sound Alan Silvestri Music
Production Suzanne Smith Casting
Production Michael Nozik Producer
Production Billy Hopkins Casting
Editing Robert Estrin Editor
Art Mark Friedberg Production Design
Art Stephanie Carroll Set Decoration
Production Kerry Barden Casting
Directing Mira Nair Director
Camera Stuart Dryburgh Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Eduardo Castro Costume Design
Writing Robin Swicord Screenplay
Production Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
Sound Arturo Sandoval Original Music Composer
Editing Greg Finton Editor
Costume & Make-Up Hallie D'Amore Makeup Artist
Directing Betty Bennett Script Supervisor
Art Kenneth Hardy Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Cydney Cornell Hairstylist
Writing Christine Bell Novel