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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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Marianela
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Emilia
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Embassy interviewer
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Dizzy Gillespie
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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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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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18 November 2000 (USA)  »

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Havana Nocturne  »

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Arturo Sandoval defected after Paquito D'Rivera, his former band-mate, had done so years prior and had signed a record contract with Columbia Records. Sandoval then was signed by GRP Records in 1990, who were at the time owned by Academy Award Winning Composer Dave Grusin and his Producing partner Larry Rosen to a contract at the suggestion of Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval's inspiration as a musician and who also had an album produced by the label six years earlier. See more »

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Fantastic Movie!!!
6 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have always been an Andy Garcia Fan. The first thing I remember seeing him in was in the 1980's. I think he is a truly GREAT actor. He demonstrates a sensitivity and compassion that I have never seen duplicated by another actor.

In this movie, about his beloved Cuba, his performance is without equal. He becomes Arturo. You are there with him and his family, you begin to understand the suffering and pain the revolution brought down upon the Cuban people. It will make you love Cuba, and the Cuban people, even as you hate the regime that destroyed their way of life. In my opinion, this is a MUST see movie. I gave it a 10/10.


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