New York Times - 10/18/1985
"...Morrissey continues to be a cinema original....[Pera] makes MIXED BLOOD look bigger than it is by being in it..."
Variety - 09/19/1984
"...MIXED BLOOD paints a colorful story of revenge....The picture maintains an edgy quality....The film emerges as a fun, enjoyable pastiche of genre moviemaking..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/12/1986
"...Morrissey has made his most outrageously effective comedy since TRASH and HEAT....MIXED BLOOD is not quite like any other film..."
Paul Morrissey returns to the streets of New York for this deadpan look at crime-riddled Alphabet City in his violent black comedy, MIXED BLOOD. As in his previous studies of decadence and decay, TRASH and FLESH, Morrissey focuses on another unlikely family, the street gang. The Maceteros are a group of underage Brazilian boys led by their incorrigible and flamboyant godmother, Rita la Punta. The Maceteros run a cocaine and heroin ring, operating out of a hole in the wall of a tenement squat. Rita runs her makeshift family with an iron fist, insisting that they be underage so that they wont be sent to jail if they kill someone, and that they alternate their drug dealing duties with a strict regimen of cleanliness and chores. Rita is especially protective of her only son, slow and sexy Thiago. When the rival gang, the Master Dancers, spurred by drug lord "the German" begins to infringe on their turf, picking off their young members one by one, a gang war ensues. With a realist vision, Morrissey infuses comedy with casual violence to depict a stylized vision of the moral and physical squalor of New York's Lower East Side, and America in general.
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The original title for MIXED BLOOD was ALPHABET CITY.
Morrissey on Rita - " Maybe she has too much power and gets mixed up in her attempts to control her son's life, but for me she means well. AT least she's not looking for sex herself, although she tolerates it among her subordinates. I'm not aginst power or control coming from someone who represents a real family, such as a mother over her sons. What I don't like is power coming from comisars and liberal ideologues."