Singer Tony loves dancer Lola in 1940s New York, but sinister Rico brings her to his nightclub in Havana.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Starr
Lola Lamar
Bella Stern
Andra Akers ...
Pamela Devereaux
Silvana Gallardo ...
Conchita Rivera
Rico Castelli
Sam Gropper
Bibi Sutton
Stanley Brock ...
2nd Publisher
Nick Panotis
Hamilton Camp ...
Nicky Richards
Hartley Silver ...
Ralph Clift ...
Customer (as Ralph M. Clift)


A hit song is the inspiration for this movie. In 1948, an aspiring songwriter, Tony, is working as a pianist in a bar; he meets Lola who wants to make it in show business. Tony is immediately smitten with the beautiful woman. At Manhattan's Copacabana lounge, they both start finding fame. However, fate steps in and she is swept to Havana to work in a splashy night club act where she is convinced she will find her stardom. Instead she finds Rico, a suave gangster who manages the club. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Release Date:

3 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barry Manilow's Copacabana  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the time of filming, Estelle Getty was auditioning for the role of Sophia on The Golden Girls. See more »


Tony Starr: [Improving a musical arrangement for Lola] We'll change the keys! That always works.
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El Bravo
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyric by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman
Sung by Lola and the Tropicana Girls
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Funny, not to be taken seriously, camp!
19 December 1998 | by (Springfield, IL) – See all my reviews

Reminiscent of the popular Latin American films in the '40s and '50s, the glitzy costumes, music, and performances blend for a camp experience. Just enjoy a clean, fun, not-to-be-taken-seriously piece of film. Forget your troubles for about two hours!

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