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Azúcar amarga (1996)

Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Gustavo
Mayte Vilán ...
Yolanda
Miguel Gutiérrez ...
Dr. Tomás Valdez
Larry Villanueva ...
Bobby
Luís Celeiro ...
Prof. García
Teresa Maria Rojas ...
Belkis
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Claudio
Caridad Ravelo ...
Soraya
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Yiyo
Victor Checo ...
Edmundo, Yolanda's Father
Virgilio Martí ...
Guaguanco Singer
Tony Almont ...
Dread Locks / Rock Band: Congas and Voice
Félix Germán ...
Resort Security Guard
Augusto Feria ...
Hotel Security Guard
Alejandro Gonzáles ...
Interrogator (as Alejandro Gonzales)
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Storyline

Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his father, a psychiatrist, can make four times as much playing piano at a hotel for foreigners; his sweetheart, Yolanda, wants a career as a dancer and longs for the riches of Miami; his younger brother Bobby simply wants to play rock music, and as a result is in constant trouble with the authorities. When Bobby takes a shocking step of revolt and Gustavo is refused service at a foreigners-only bar, the contradictions in his resolve to become a "new man" push him to the breaking point. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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9 May 1997 (Turkey)  »

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Bitter Sugar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,472 (USA) (11 October 1996)

Gross:

$388,730 (USA) (27 December 1996)
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1.37 : 1
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Excellent. the real truth about Cuban present regimen
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film on numerous occasions. It brings back memories of the suffering of Cuba under communism, while the world remains silence. The performance of every single actor in my opinion is superior. Many people, probably does not know that Rene Lavan came to USA during the Mariel boat lift, as a child and grew up in Miami. Mr. Ichaso theme is accurate and to the point. I never understood, why it did not stay longer in the movies. The musical score is fabulous. If this was a foreign film, why it was not considered as such. This film should have competed with foreign productions. It was done by foreigners in the land of the freedom


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