Robby Benson in "Walk Proud"

Hoo boy, we’ve been waiting to show this one since we opened the Cinefamily doors back in 2007, and now, the anointed high holy timeslot has finally revealed itself! Could this be one of the greatest/weirdest casting snafus in the history of Hollywood — clean-cut Robby Benson as a Chicano gang member?!?! Strange, but true; more unfathomable than Mickey Rooney as a Japanese guy (Breakfast At Tiffany’s), Omar Sharif as Che Guevara (1969’s Che!) or Lily Tomlin and John Travolta as a straight couple in love (Moment By Moment) is the portrayal of an East L.A. cholo by the sensitive Jewish ‘70s heartthrob star of Ice Castles. The plot is standard-issue “love across the tracks” romance fare, with Benson’s burgeoning teenage thug attracted to a lily-white Westside girl — but it’s both Benson’s outrageous brownface and bewildering accent that makes this a midnight movie for the ages. Come discover your inner gangster with us, as we jointly shout “Si, muy macho!”
Dir. Robert L. Collins, 1979, 35mm, 102 min.

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