Zoot Suit

Synopsis: A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped almost to the ankle.... the rebellious fashion of young men) had on the morals and attitudes of the people of that era.
Genre: Drama, Musical
Director(s): Luis Valdez
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win.
103 min

Here are the keys,ese.

Take it easy now. Yes, sir.


Take it easy,guey.


Put On A Zoot Suit

Makes You Feel Real Root

Look Like A Diamond

Sparkling, Shinin'

Ready For Dancin '

Ready For The Boogie Tonight

All The Hepcats Up In Harlem

Wear that drape shape

Como Los Pachucones

Down in LA.

Wherehuisasin Their

Pompadours look real keen

On The Dance Floor Of the

ballrooms donde bailanswing

You Better Get Hep Tonight

And put on a zoot suit

Hey, baby doll.

Hey, pretty. What's shakin'?

Hey, man,

you call that dancing?

- Downey!i'rifa!

- I'toma!

It's not your night.


Trucha, Ese Loco

Vamos Al Borlo

Wear Thatcarlango

Tramos Y Tando

Dance With Yourhuisa

Dance To The Boogie Tonight

'Cause The Zoot Suit

Is the craze in California

Tambin En Colorado

Y Arizona

They're Wearing

Thattacuche en el paso

Y En Todos Los Salones

De Chicago

You Better Get Hep Tonight

And Put On A Zoot Suit

Ladies and gentlemen,

themonoyou're about to see is a

construct of fact and fantasy.

But relax,

weigh the facts...

And enjoy the pretense.

Our pachuco realities will only make

sense if you grasp their stylization.

It was the secret fantasy

of everyvato...

Living in or out

of thepachucada...

To put on the zoot suit...

And play the myth.

Ms chucote que la chingada.

I'pues, rale!


Extra! Extra!


Qu pues, nuez?

What the hell's going on,ese?

The city's cracking down

on pachucos,carnal.

Don't you read

the newspapers?

"Death awakens

sleepy lagoon."

extra! The cops ain't got nothing on me,

and you know it.

You're henry reyna,carnal.


The zoot-suiter.

The bitter young pachuco

gang leader from 38th street.

That's what they got

on you,ese.

They can't do this

to me,ese.

They can't lock me up!

Calmantes montes. Chicas patas.

Haven't I taught you

to survive?

It's all

a marijuana dream,loco.

And I was supposed to

report to the navy tomorrow.


the sailor man, huh?

You just couldn't stand

to see me go, could you?

They were gonna cut off

your DA.,carnal...

give you those tight putopants,

make your ass look like an apricot.

So what business is it

of yours? It's my ass.

Muypatriotic, huh?

The japs have sewed up

the pacific.

Rommel's kicking ass

in egypt.

But the mayor of LA. Has declared an

all-out war on chicanos. On you.te curas?


I don't wanna hear that.

And as soon as uncle sam finds out

you're in jail again, pues, ya estuvo.

Unfit for military duty

because of your record.

Forget the war


Your war is

on the home front.

City of the angels.

Monday, august 2, 1942.

El pueblo de nuestra seora la reina de

los a ngeles de porcincula, pendejo.

Press release.

Los Angeles police department.

A huge showup of nearly

300 boys and girls,

rounded up last night by police

and sheriff's deputies,

will be held tonight, 8:00,

central jail, first and hill street.

Victims of assaults,

rape, robbery,

purse snatching

and similar crimes...

Are asked to be present for the

identification of suspects.

I don't believe you really

want to be in the navy, hank.

Pachuco sh*t's hitting the wartime fan.

You go around dressed like a target.

I was born a target.


Right here in LA.


What's the phony charges this time?

Why, you jackass...

can it, smitty.

Don't tell 'em sh*t, ese.

We know all about the gang fight

saturday night out at the sleepy lagoon.

I don't know what you're talking about.

You don't know?

What's this from?

What's that from?

Playing parcheesi?

We've got witnesses, hank.

You and your pachucos drove into that

williams ranch like pancho villa,

and you left a corpse behind...

a kid named joe sanchez.

I know 50 guys by that name.

How about henry reyna?

They a dime a dozen too? Nel, ese.

There's only one. This one.

Then you must be

the one we want.

Anchors aweigh,ese.

Good-bye, navy.

Start talkin', hank.

The lieutenant's over there, smart-ass.

Screw you, flatfoot.

Why, you...

te vamos a chingar, cabrn.

Hang tough,ese.

You don't deserve it,

but you're gonna get it anyway.

Ah, forget it.

He's out cold.




Get up and escape, henry.

Leave reality behind.

Con tus buenas garras

muy chambelin.

Escape through

the barrio streets of your mind.

Through a neighborhood

of memories,

all chuckhole-lined.

And the love...

And the pain...

As fine as wine.

It's a lifetime ago,

last saturday night,

before the sleepy lagoon

and the big, bad fight.

Tu mam, carnal.



I'm home.

Ah, just in time.

Supper's ready.


Where's the boys?



Sam, Sam,

For goodness' sake

Go Out And Get Yourself Some clothes

that rate Some Clothes That Rate

Go Shopping Now So you

can meet your sunday gal

I'll Do It

I'll do it today

Henry! Rudy!vengan a cenar.

And This Is What I'll Say

I Want A Zoot Suit

With the reet pleat

With The Drape Shape

And the stuff cuff

To Look Sharp Enough

To see my sunday gal



Come and eat.ay.

I thought you weren't gonna

wear that thing anymore.


this one last time.

It's my farewell dance.

Hmm. I don't know what you see en

estas cochinadas de"suit zoots."


We call 'em drapes.

Ah,s,drapes, huh?

Zoot suit,esta.


What are the police calling them?

They're arresting boys right off the streets.


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Luis Valdez

Luis Miguel Valdez (born June 26, 1940) is an American playwright, actor, writer and film director. Regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States, Valdez is best known for his play Zoot Suit, his movie La Bamba, and his creation of El Teatro Campesino. A pioneer in the Chicano Movement, Valdez broadened the scope of theatre and arts of the Chicano community. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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