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The Lost City (2005)

R | | Drama, Romance | 26 May 2006 (USA)
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In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent night-club owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Armenteros ...
Chocolate (as Alfredo 'Chocolate' Armenteros)
Alberto Mora
Richard Marquez ...
Franklin Dominguez ...
Lieutenant Dario
William Marquez ...
Luis Fellove
Doña Cecilia Fellove
Don Donoso Fellove
Ricardo Fellove
Mercedes Fellove
El Indio
Amelia Vega ...


In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent night-club owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the government of Fidel Castro. Castro's regime ultimately leads the night-club owner to flee to New York. Written by Anonymous

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A place you leave is a place that lives forever.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ciudad perdida  »

Box Office


$9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$191,560 (USA) (28 April 2006)


$2,483,955 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Took 16 years to get made. See more »


50 minutes in the movie there is a scene where Fico interrupts Pizzi's dinner. You see Fico with a burning cigarette in the mirror's reflection. He pulls his cigarette from his mouth. Then the camera angle switches directly on him and you see him with a non-burning cigarette in his mouth. When you see Fico's reflection again the cigarette has disappeared from his mouth. See more »


[first lines]
Alberto Mora: A message from Pelico.
[gangsters begin shooting]
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Crazy Credits

Thank you for making this production possible: ... The People of the Dominican Republic, ... The Mayor of Santo Domingo ... See more »


References The Jimmy Durante Show (1954) See more »


Cuba Linda
Arranged and Performed by Alfredo Armenteros (as Chocolate)
Courtesy of Ciudad Perdida, LLC
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The Lost City
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Born in 1962, in the mist of the turmoil, I left Cuba in 1967 thanks to the "Freedom Flights" at the age of 4. It was about time a film like this was done. I commend Andy Garcia and all involved for its historical accuracy. I am grateful for the "Ficos" of the time, like my parents. What courage and resolve. If history is not to be repeated, we must embrace it, learn from it, and not wash it from our memories. Incredible acting, music, scenery (thank you Dominican Republic). We need to remember "where we've been" so as to know "where we're going" - bring plenty of tissues; one box is just not enough. The only reason I gave it a 9, as opposed to a 10, is because I would have really liked to have seen some time dedicated to the family, specifically, the brothers, in their youth. The important relationship of the Cuban family would have been better understood if we had seen it from early on. The significance of the family nucleus, born of the parents' rearing, is crucial in the story of the Cubans. The relationship between the uncle and his nephews was synonymous with that but could have been further developed.

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