Movie: ‘Cry Macho’

By EDDY FRIEDFELD
Posted 9/24/21

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in “Cry Macho,” a passionate and poignant story about redemption.

Mike Milo (Eastwood) is a championship rodeo rider and trainer who has seen better …

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Movie: ‘Cry Macho’

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Clint Eastwood directs and stars in “Cry Macho,” a passionate and poignant story about redemption.

Mike Milo (Eastwood) is a championship rodeo rider and trainer who has seen better days. Hard riding, booze and pills took their toll on Mike. He is fired by longtime rancher boss Howard Polk (Dwight Yoakam).

Howard comes back to visit Mike.

“Don’t you lock your doors?” Howard asks.

“Ain’t got nothing worthy stealing.”

Howard asks for a favor. He needs Mike to rescue his now 13-year-old son, Rafo (Eduardo Minett), whom he hasn’t seen in six years, in Mexico City. Howard says Rafo is abused and he cannot go back to Mexico himself for legal reasons.

Mike reluctantly agrees. He is beholden to Howard for employing him for so many years and for paying the rent on his home after his wife and son died and he wasn’t able to support himself.

In Mexico, he finds Rafo’s mother, Marta (Natalia Traven), who is living a wealthy lifestyle.

“My son is a wild kid. Gambling, stealing, cockfighting. Take him. He’s a monster. He’s like a father. He runs away. He hates his father. He hates me.”

“When did you give up?”

“It doesn’t matter what people say. Some people are not cut out to be parents.”

Mike tracks down Rafo, who then eludes him. When Mike starts back to the United States empty handed, he finds Rafo hiding in his truck along with his rooster, Macho. Mike reluctantly agrees to take Rafo close the border and let Rafo make his way across alone.

The angry Rafo confesses to Mike that all of his bruises came from home, that his mother hates him. She and the many men she dated beat him, so he left home and made a life on the streets any way he could.

Mike sets down rules at a café: “When you’re with your father north of the border, you can drink battery acid. But you’re not going to drink Tequila when you’re with me!”

When a man tries to take Rafo back, he tries to enlist a crowd of onlookers to gang up on Mike. Rafo reveals his scars and tells the crowd that the man is lying. The crowd turns on the man and beat him.

When they stop to stretch their legs, Mike’s truck is stolen in front of them. Rafo “borrows” a car and the two continue on their journey.

A grudging affection develops between the older man and young boy as they encounter more difficulties along the way. 

Eastwood continues to impress and amaze both in front of and behind the camera.

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