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The Mambo Kings (1992)

 -  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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Manny - The Mambo Kings Band (as Jimmy Medina)
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Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band
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Xavier - The Mambo Kings Band
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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. 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.

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Mambo Kings  »

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$6,742,168 (USA)
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Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Utterly charming
19 October 2004 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Cuban brothers arrive in America with a suitcase full of songs, hearts filled with passion and a desire to make it big in the promised land. One is a bit more passionate than the other, who likes the simple life a little more and continues to miss the girl who stayed back home, not realising that his brother was forced to leave with him in order to save his life.

This tragic drama is one of the 90's most underrated gems. Full of energy and tragedy, good performances and great songs. Armand Assante gives the performance of his career and Antonio Banderas makes a solid American acting debut.

At times the movie feels a bit rushed, it simply might have been even longer, giving more character development to the supporting actors, who are very good, Cathy Moriarty in particular. The era feels authentic enough and the recreation of the "I love Lucy show" is a real winner.

An utterly charming film. Highly recommended.


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