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

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  18 November 2000 (USA)
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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
Andhy Méndez ...
Young Leonel
Felix David Manrique ...
Turi
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Paquito D'Rivera
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Paloma
William Marquez ...
Arturo Sr.
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Angel
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Sally Lewis
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Johnny Lewis
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Story of the world-renowned trumpet player.

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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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Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie did in fact perform together as depicted in the film and it was Gillespie who helped Sandoval and his family defect and the adjustment to being in the United States soon after. See more »

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A man of Courage
10 March 2005 | by (Woodbridge Twp NJ) – See all my reviews

As a Cuban-American the Arturo Sandoval story as portrayed in this film was truly a moving experience.

This film " For Love or Country" is the life-story of Arturo Sandoval he's a Cuban trumpet player who loves his country but questions the repressive communist dictatorship. because of the fact that he is a great trumpeter he's allowed some privileges, and it's through these perks that he meets the great jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie. He and Gillespie form a bond that is apparent through the film. Their friendship also make for much needed comic relief , something essential when dealing with such subject matter. Gillespie's antics a truly unique., and It is through this friendship that the wheels are set in motion for Sandoval's defection.

Sandoval knows that his wife and child would immediately be targeted by the communist authorities in Cuba, should he follow through with his defection. He's a brave man who faced with a serious decision, takes courageous steps ., and with the help of Gillespie , arranges to defect. Problem is that will his family be able to join him in exile. That is the main plot of the film . How can he escape Cuba, and have his family join him.

This is one of Andy Garcia' so best acting roles. He conveys to the world the ugly reality of the Cuban experience in our search for freedom.

This film truly is among the best I've seen.


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