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The Mambo Kings (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  28 February 1992 (USA)
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Musician brothers Cesar and Nestor leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene. Cesar is the older brother, the business manager, and the ladies' man... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Calogero ...
Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo ...
Mario - The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry ...
Pito - The Mambo Kings Band
Johnny Bing - The Mambo Kings Band
James Medina ...
Manny - The Mambo Kings Band (as Jimmy Medina)
Marcos Quintanilla ...
Willie - The Mambo Kings Band
J.T. Taylor ...
Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas Jr. ...
Xavier - The Mambo Kings Band
Flaco - The Mambo Kings Band
Lanna Lake
Maruschka Detmers ...


Musician brothers Cesar and Nestor leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene. Cesar is the older brother, the business manager, and the ladies' man. Nestor is the brooding songwriter, who cannot forget the woman in Cuba who broke his heart. Written by Dehlia

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With a suitcase full of song, Hearts filled with passion, two brothers come to America in search of a dream.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo Kings  »

Box Office


$15,500,000 (estimated)


$6,742,168 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


(flashback scene to childhood)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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I was glued to the television
24 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time in 1995 on television and it has been a favorite of mine ever since.

Armand Assante was absolutely awesome! Pure male magnetism just oozed from his pores in this role and I think I became his biggest fan by the time the movie had ended.

Antonio Banderas was handsome as ever and the two of them together was definitely a treat for female viewers.

The the music, the dancing and the charisma of the movie was infectious and fun to be a part of, even if it was only in a visual context.

I must admit, my rating is strictly biased because, to date, I still think Armand Assante is the sexiest man alive and anything that he is in, I make it my business to see, so the 10 was earned entirely on the basis of Armand Assante's presence.

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