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Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
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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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Flaco - 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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Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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28 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Mambo Kings  »

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$15,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,742,168 (USA)
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Trivia

Antonio Banderas couldn't speak English when this movie was filmed, and thus performed all his lines phonetically. Armand Assante couldn't speak Spanish and thus performed all his lines phonetically. See more »

Goofs

It is 1952 and the family is watching an episode of the TV series Cheyenne which did not premiere until 1955. See more »

Quotes

Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Ballrooms and Biscotti (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Maria Of My Soul
Music by Robert Kraft
Lyrics by Arne Glimcher
Performed by Antonio Banderas & Mambo All-Stars
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This melts ALL my butter!
17 March 2000 | by (a small town) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best collaborative efforts between two actors....Banderas and Assante made me believe their relationship was real...and I rooted for them throughout the entire film.

I have the soundtrack and if there is a more beautiful bolero than "Beautiful Maria of My Soul," I've never heard it.

A passionate film about passionate men who are driven to passionate music.

I bought the video when it came out and have watched it several times....it ages beautifully!


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