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Savage Roses (2002)

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A street-wise Latina is torn between her Bronx gang and the woman she loves.


James Adam Tucker (as James Tucker)


Joshua Nelson





Credited cast:
Misha Gonz-Cirkl ... Toro (as Misha Gonzales)
Tania Galarza Tania Galarza ... Michelle
Aura Vence ... Maribel
Tella Storey Tella Storey ... Loca
Diavanna Zarzuela Diavanna Zarzuela ... Tania
Joshua Nelson Joshua Nelson ... Pedro
Antonio Tomahawk Antonio Tomahawk ... Cabron
Max Goldberg Max Goldberg ... Jewish Man
Jaime Velez Jaime Velez ... Hector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milagros Cepeda Milagros Cepeda ... Aunt Ana
Taryn Devito Taryn Devito ... Sleazy girl
Edward Matos Edward Matos ... Carlos
David Perez David Perez ... Gustavo
Carissa Rosado ... Lourdes (as Carissa Faith Rosado)
Brendan Rothman Hicks Brendan Rothman Hicks ... White Boy


Tough, gritty, and sensually enthralling, this cinematic slice of urban gang life explores the oft over-looked world of young, street-smart Latinas. Toro, a tough lesbian gang member, acclimates well to the group as they rob, steal, and hustle. The gang is strong--both sexually and physically--holding sacred both loyalty and the money it takes to survive. Despite the closeness of her gang and sisters, Toro feels isolated. Secrets from her past keep true friendships at bay and harden her already tough exterior. Yet Toro soon meets Michelle, a young mother who moves in with her abusive and cheating boyfriend, residing near where Toro spends time both keeping an eye on the neighborhood and trying to work through her anger. After discovering Michelle bruised and battered, Toro crosses the line of friendship by protecting and defending Michelle--accelerating the relationship beyond mere friendship. Yet their evolving relationship jeopardizes both their safety as the gang's suspicion is ... Written by Johnny LaGuardia

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Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality including dialogue, language, drug content and some violence

Did You Know?


Based on the play Las Rosas Salvaje, also written by Joshua Nelson. Play opened off-off Broadway in New York City at The Flatiron Playhouse in August of 2001. See more »


Maribel: Hey Yo, you call the police, I'm gonna come back here and burn this place to the ground. Then I'll shoot you and your ugly-ass wife...Thanks for the cigarettes though.
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Crazy Credits

The character of Toro's Cat played by Diva Nelson is indeed Writer Joshua Nelson's beautiful cat DIVA. See more »

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Very pleasant surprise.
12 February 2004 | by gabbers2004See all my reviews

I found this movie through lesbianalliance (It was called Savage Roses) and it looked interesting so I checked the website where I found it is now called Locas 4 Life (I don't know why). Anyway, When I saw it played in the New York and San Francisco G&L film festivals I really wanted to check it out. After watching it I checked the IMDB user comments and found it interesting how strongly mixed they are. I do understand why...the filmmaking shows a tiny budget and the shot on video look can be very distracting. However, I did think the acting was great...great in that the girls were very raw and believable. It matched well with the raw way the film was shot. What makes this film stand out to me is that it is really an unusual take on a low-budget lesbian film...I've seen enough Claire of the Moon types and enough Kissing Jessica Stein types...It was very refreshing to see something diffrent...I'm not really into "urabn gang" type films but by the end of this movie I did find all the gang girls very charming and very funny. Obviously these people had little to no money to make this film but in the end I liked it more than many high bidget pictures. And the main character stayed in my head afterwards and i couldn't get her out. A very unique take on a girl/girl love story.

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5 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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Locas 4 Life See more »


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$15,000 (estimated)
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