Spoken Word
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Spoken Word is a 2009 drama film directed by Victor Nuñez and starring Kuno Becker, Ruben Blades, Miguel Sandoval and Persia White.

The writers include William T. Conway and Joe Ray Sandoval. The film was produced by Karen Koch and William T. Conway. It opened in New York City at Big Cinemas Manhattan 1 on July 23, 2010, and played in Los Angeles at Laemmle s Sunset 5 on July 30, 2010.


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Cruz Montoya is a Latino spoken-word artist who works in San Francisco. He returns home to Santa Fe, New Mexico to reconnect with his dying father and his brother. He is finding himself losing his voice as he spirals downward back into the dysfunctional life of drugs and violence he had left behind.

His brother is judgmental. Cruz is approached by his former boss Emilio, who works as a local drug dealer. Cruz falls into the familiar patterns of his past while ignoring the increasingly anxious phone calls of his girlfriend. Cruz is also suffering from bipolar disorder and uses alcohol to self-medicate.


  • Kuno Becker as Cruz Montoya
  • Ruben Blades as Senior
  • Miguel Sandoval as Emilio
  • Persia White as Shae
  • Rashaan Nall as Cloudy
  • Chris Ranney as Bartender


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 46% based on reviews from 13 critics, with an average rating of 5.4/10. On Metacritic, Spoken Word have a rank of 56 out of a 100 based on 13 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews .

Nick Schager of Slant Magazine gave the film one star out of 4, while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 3 out of 4 and called Spoken Word A rich and textured film .

Year 2009
ReleaseDate 2009-03-01
RuntimeMins 116
RuntimeStr 1h 56min
Plot A San Francisco spoken word artist returns to New Mexico to be with his dying father, only to find he loses his “voice” as he is sucked back in to the dysfunctional life of drugs and violence he left behind.
Awards Awards, 1 win
Directors Victor Nunez
Writers William T. Conway, Joe Ray Sandoval
Stars Kuno Becker, Miguel Sandoval, Rubén Blades
Produced by William T. Conway,Kent Kirkpatrick,Karen Koch
Music by Michael Brook,DJ Skribble
Cinematography by Virgil Mirano
Film Editing by Justin Geoffroy,Victor Nunez
Casting By Russell Boast,Richard Pagano
Production Design by Bryce Perrin
Art Direction by Markus Maurette
Set Decoration by Susan Magestro
Costume Design by Lahly Poore
Makeup Department Georgia Allen,Gretchen Bright,Vanessa Jaramillo,Mary Hedges Lampert,Deidre Parness
Production Management Michael Donnelly,J.M. Logan,Lisa Wieneke-Rich
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Brinton Bryan,Carey Field,Matt Miller
Art Department Brett Andrews,David D. Baumann,Celeste Cole,Rocky De la Vega,Lonam Fogleman,Ram Goradia,Andrea Hambuchen,Leigh Maney,Richard Anthony Montoya,Loren Schoel,Juan Souter,Lawrence Tolle,Gina Zaritsky
Sound Department Bayard Carey,Jeff Knudsen,Billy Theriot
Special Effects by Daniel Holt,Renee Moore,Mike Prawitz
Visual Effects by Peter Heady
Stunts Laurence Chavez,Ed Duran,Al Goto
Camera and Electrical Department Michael Caparelli,Dante Cardone,Anne Carson,Kenneth Coblentz,Shane Duckworth,Tammy Fouts,Tone Freshwater,Aubrey Husar,Frank Larson,Steven Litecky,Kevin M. Miller,Lorey Sebastian,Mark Sheets,Dale Glenn Waseta,Sterling Wiggins
Casting Department Bob Baxter
Costume and Wardrobe Department Aleah Ames,Angelique Paull
Editorial Department Jonathan Ade,Chris Beardsley,John Dowdell,Peter Heady,Jean Lane,Tim Spitzer
Location Management Newton Bass,Holly Roach,Sam Tischler,Deborah Wakshull
Music Department Guilherme Campellon,Emily Kaye,Sharon Smith,Jessica Sobhraj
Script and Continuity Department Mamie Mitchell
Transportation Department Cody Frost,Sherman Jackson,Holly Pinnell,Eric Rivera
Additional Crew Lynn Ambrosino,Robert Anthony Brass,Joann Connolly,Bob Corff,Stephanie Marie Delgado,Camilla Dominguez,Michael Feldman,Cynthia Gates Fujikawa,John K.D. Graham,Allison Jandreau-Heil,Elissa Kannon,Katherine Knox,Devon Hawkes Ludlow,Alexandria Morrow,Bree Myers,Breanna Perera,Ryan J. Pezdirc,Mark Ver Ploegh,Jacqueline Roberts,Lee Rudnicki,Wolf Schneider,Ian Simon,Marcus Taylor,Hoku Uchiyama,Richard Vargas,Elias Vigh,Carlos Villareal
Thanks Karimah Day,Sam Eigen,Brandon Paine,Vic Sarjoo,Michael Vassar
Genres Drama
Companies Luminaria Films, Luminaria Productions, New Mexico Media Partners
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating TV-PG
ImDbRating 6.4
ImDbRatingVotes 113
MetacriticRating 56
Keywords violence