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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Did You Know?


Annabella Sciorra was originally cast as Delores but dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. 'Maruschka Detmers' was cast two weeks before the start of filming. See more »


The "Valentine" opening credits seen in syndication were *not* the original opening credits. When the series originally aired on CBS, the credits featured animated stick figures of Lucy and Desi along with the sponsor's product - Phillip Morris cigarettes, for instance. The "Valentine" credits were added when CBS began rerunning the series in 1958. See more »


Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Referenced in Class Act (1992) See more »


Tea For Two
Written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
Performed by 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 ages beautifully!

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