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The Mambo Kings (1992)

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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Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
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Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
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Mario - 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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Xavier - 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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Drama | Music

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Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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28 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,742,168 (USA)
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(flashback scene to childhood)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because of his commitment to this film, Antonio Banderas had to pass on working with his mentor Pedro Almodóvar for the sixth time on High Heels (1991). The pair did not work together again for nearly 20 years; when they reunited for La piel que habito (2011). See more »

Goofs

When the Castillo brothers first approach New York City in the early 1950s, you can see the World Trade Center towers in the skyline. The towers weren't built until the early 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Anna Maria: He thinks he's the last Coca Cola in the desert.
Lanna Lake: Honey, he is.
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Soundtracks

Cuban Pete
Written by Jose Norman
Performed by Tito Puente
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Mesmerizing!
24 July 2004 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I cried. It brought out emotions I did not know I had. The performances were phenomenal. I knew Antonio could sing but Armand Assante was a huge surprise! The late, great Celia Cruz acts as sort of a every woman musically narrating the story. Another musical genius, that has since left this world, is Tito Puente. His performance sets up the audience for the electricity that follows. This movie portrayed every form of love know to humans-between family, man and woman and everyone's love of music. The passions that this movie ignites, well, I haven't felt since. I can't wait till it comes out on DVD because my VHS is a little worn. When they start to count down the greatest movies of all time I hope The Mambo Kings is in the top ten!


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