The time it was about Inmate #1

Posted July 12, 2020 by Stacee in Movies | 0 Comments

When I got the invite to watch a screener for Inmate #1, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.  I’m definitely a fan of Danny Trejo and while I know a little bit about his story, I didn’t know all of it.

Additionally, we met him years ago and when his handlers were trying to push him into the appearance, he told them no and stopped to chat with us and take photos. He’s easily one of the most joyful people I’ve ever met in my life.

Title: Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo
Director: Brett Harvey
Format: Digital
Time: 107 minutes
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Distributor: Universal

71 years in the making, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is the feature documentary experience revealing the extraordinary life journey of Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.

From an early life of drugs, armed robbery and hard prison time, to the red carpets of Hollywood blockbusters and helping troubled addicts. Danny gives a first hand account of one of the greatest transformations of human character ever put to film. Having spent 71 years starring in a personal expedition that outshines any Hollywood fiction, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, is the shocking story of one mans capacity to overcome his demons, only to discover redemption through the most unlikely of journeys.

Cast: Danny Trejo, Donal Logue, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Martin, Robert Rodriguez, Craig Balkam, Danny Trejo Jr., Danielle Trejo, Gilbert Trejo, Gloria Hinojosa, Jhonnie Harris.

Before we get to my top 5 reasons to watch, let’s check out the trailer:

Top 5 Reasons to Watch Inmate #1:

  • the shock — hearing Danny talk about shooting heroin and helping with robberies at 12 had me staring at my screen with my mouth dropped wide open
  • the heartwarming — this was a lot more lighthearted than I was expecting
  • the humor — the dry, sarcastic at times commentary had us laughing in a few spots
  • the outreach — Danny talks with at-risk kids, people who are going into the helping industry (drug counselors, etc), people in recover, and inmates
  • the positivity — “Everything good that has happened to me, has been a direct result of helping someone else.  Everything.”

This was a documentary that captivated both Hubs and myself, which is quite rare.  I know it’ll be something that sticks with us and one that we’ll likely watch again.

Huge thanks to Universal and Think Jam for the invite to watch.

Do you like documentaries?  Have you seen any movies with Danny Trejo?

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