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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Calogero ...
Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
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Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo ...
Mario - The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry ...
Pito - The Mambo Kings Band
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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
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Flaco - The Mambo Kings Band
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Lanna Lake
Maruschka Detmers ...
Delores Fuentes
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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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Mambo Kings  »

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$6,742,168 (USA)
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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 The Skin I Live In (2011). See more »

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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

Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Referenced in Frasier: Police Story (1996) 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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Bandera's & Assante's finest performances
17 January 1999 | by (New york, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time favorite films and i'm not ashamed to say that i shed a tear or two every time i watch this film especially near the end when cesar(ARMAND ASSANTE) is in the club and they start to play the song "beautiful maria of my soul" and he starts to think about his brother nestor(ANTONIO BANDERAS) and all the good times they had, very touching scene. The music is equally great in the film. The mambo of the 50's that came out of cuba sounds and is played well. The "clubbin feel" to it is also portrayed wonderfully, work on the weekdays and when the weekend comes it's time to head to the clubs to dance or play music. A film that i dont consider a musical in my opinion but has music in it as backgroung to a great drama between to brothers and their dreams. A great film 9 out of 10.


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