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For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)

Story of the world-renowned trumpet player.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
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Arturo Sandoval
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Emilia
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Embassy interviewer
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Sosa
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Leonel Sandoval
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Young Leonel
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Turi
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Paquito D'Rivera
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Paloma
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Arturo Sr.
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Angel
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Sally Lewis
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Johnny Lewis
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In this movie based on a true story, Arturo Sandoval is a phenomenal trumpet player, but he faces a major obstacle in pursuing his art: Jazz is illegal in his homeland, Cuba, where only state-sanctioned music can be played. Yearning to escape the repression and censorship of the Castro regime, Sandoval knows the only way he will be able to fulfill his passion will be to flee to the United States. However, he has fallen in love with Marianela, a dedicated communist. Written by Jwelch5742

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She was his love. Music was his passion. Freedom was his dream.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Havana Nocturne  »

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Most of the songs heard in the film are in fact Arturo Sandoval originals. They've been featured on Sandoval's albums throughout the years. See more »

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Great film that is overlooked
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arturo Sandoval is one of the most phenomenal trumpet players the world has in existence today. The story of his love, his passion, and his music are all colorfully depicted in the film. As a musician and jazz connoisseur myself, I feel that Garcia's portrayal of the anguish Sandoval experienced under Castro's regime is excellent. As he reveals his motives for defection to the American ambassador, there is a sense of unspoken understanding as to the reasons that Sandoval decides to defect.

If you walk away from this movie without any emotion, you just didn't get it. Go out and listen to as much jazz as possible!


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