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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arturo Sandoval
Embassy interviewer
Dizzy Gillespie
Leonel Sandoval
Young Leonel
Felix David Manrique ...
Paquito D'Rivera
William Marquez ...
Arturo Sr.
Sally Lewis
Johnny Lewis


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.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Havana Nocturne  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Paquito D'Rivera (played in the film by Jose Zuniga), was one of the first members of Irekire (D'Rivera and Sandoval's band in Cuba) to defect. After his defection, he was signed to a record deal with Columbia Records. See more »

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Great artist, great music
31 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Arturo Sandoval is one of the greatest jazz trumpeters ever, standing alongside the likes of Miles Davis, Louis Armstronmg and Arturo's great friend Dizzie Gillespie. This biopic tells of his struggles with the repressive government of his native Cuba, the internal politics of his family and of course his need to play great music.

Well acted, although there are no standard movie tricks and plot twists, just straight depiction of the people of Cuba of the time (early 80s) and the paranoia of the USA with anything Cuban.

The really outstanding aspect of the movie is the souindtrack - Arturo himself plays many of the songs, and is credited with scoring and producing many of the tracks used, as well as playing on them.

Watch the movie, buy the soundtrack CD.

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