Pinero: Abbot Genser
EW Staff
October 24, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pinero

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/05/01
performer
Benjamin Bratt, Giancarlo Esposito, Rita Moreno
director
Leon Ichaso
distributor
Miramax
author
Leon Ichaso
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

In his first starring vehicle, Benjamin Bratt plays volcanic poet and playwright Miguel Piñero. A former thief and drug user — he served time in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison ? Piñero spun the urban rhymes that helped give birth to rap and hip-hop. But the fame that came following his 1974 Tony-nominated play ”Short Eyes” drove him to dark places. ”Ben dove into this guy’s world,” says John Penotti, a producer along with John Leguizamo (who ultimately decided not to take on the role due to scheduling conflicts). ”He became so facile with him.”

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