MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 145 this week

El cantante (2006)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  3 August 2007 (USA)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 3,874 users   Metascore: 46/100
Reviews: 45 user | 63 critic | 24 from Metacritic.com

The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as David Darmstaedter) , 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
50
a list of 32 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 23 Jun 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "El cantante" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: El cantante (2006)

El cantante (2006) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of El cantante.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Selena: Greatest Hits (Video 2003)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

This release compiles thirteen of Selena's music videos including such favorites as "Carcacha," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," "No Me Queda Mas," "I Could Fall In Love,' and "Dreaming of You."

Director: Abraham Quintanilla Jr.
Stars: Pete Astudillo, Barrio Boyz, Alvaro De Torres
Angel Eyes (2001)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A mysterious man is drawn to a feisty female police officer and a unusual relationship ensues, as not everything is as it seems.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Sisto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A down on her luck woman, desperate to provide care for her daughter, moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman
Lila & Eve (2015)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two distraught mothers, whose children were gunned down in a drive-by, team up to avenge their deaths after local authorities fail to take action.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, Shea Whigham
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Jane Fonda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young girl agrees to work in a center for girls who can't stay with their parents. She gets wrapped up in the plights of several of the girls, and tries to help them, but only gets herself into trouble with her parents and supervisor.

Director: Connie Kaiserman
Stars: James Earl Jones, Geraldine Page, Mary Stuart Masterson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A romantic comedy centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.

Director: Alan Poul
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins
Enough I (2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

On the run from an abusive husband, a young mother begins to train herself to fight back.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen
Selena (1997)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda
My Family (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Jose and Maria, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Eddie
...
Ralph
...
Jerry Masucci
...
...
Papo
...
Jared Everleth ...
Tito (4 yrs.)
Bernard Hernandez ...
Tito (7 yrs.)
Christopher Becerra ...
Tito (12-15 yrs.)
...
Zaida
Ismael Miranda ...
Hector's Father
Tito Allen ...
Singer
Edit

Storyline

The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002. In the early 1960s, Héctor arrives in New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Success comes quickly. "The more he grew as an artist," Puchi says, "the more he sank as a person." It's a tale of talent - creating salsa with Willie Colón, with the Fania All Stars, and as a soloist - and a story of disintegration - fueled by drugs, alcohol, partying, and depression. Puchi's voice - proud and querulous - dominates off-stage as Héctor's does on. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

America discovered him. One woman understood him. But no one could save him from himself.... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Who Killed Hector Lavoe?  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,202,035 (USA) (3 August 2007)

Gross:

$7,556,004 (USA) (28 September 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During Filming a fire broke out in Jennifer Lopez's trailer though no-one was injured. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Hector Perez signs his contract with Jerry Masucci, and is given the name Hector La Voe. Willie Colon is standing behind him. On the wall behind Willie is a framed album cover of "The Hustler", the second album they made together. At this point in the story they have not yet recorded together. See more »

Quotes

Puchi: Hector never knew how much people loved him. And that's the thing. It's like he didn't want to know.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sound and the Heat of El Cantante (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Fiel
Written by C. Curet Alonso
Performed by Santos Colon
Published by Fania Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Emusica Records, LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It is a decent film, just not brilliant
5 August 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am a massive Lavoe fan. Ever since I heard the Cosa Nuestra album with Willie. From then I made it a point to look for every bit of music he ever did. So for me this was my most anticipated movie of the year.

The good news about this film is that Jennifer and Marc do a great job of acting. Marc in particular is quite brilliant as Hector. Even his singing is decent (but of course he can't touch Hector). The cinematography is good too. Love the visuals, they've given the movie a 70's look to it which I really dug, made it more authentic. Also, every time there is a stage and the band is playing is amazing. Also, the other casting is superb - Willie Colon, Ralph Mercado, Jerry Massucci were all perfectly cast.

Bad news... it is historically inaccurate, the music is all over the place, you would think it would follow some sort of chronology. There is too much Pucchi, I know the story is told through Pucchi's eyes but it takes away from the Hector story and it means that there is too much Jennifer in it. There are parts where you see Anthony performing a killer Hector track with the band and the focus should be just Hector but the director just has to show Lopez... it doesn't work and it's overkill.

But, I think the biggest problem will be a problem mainly for non salsa listening people (and that includes latinos). I've been reading a lot of reviews by non-latinos and they just don't get why Hector was big. They don't get it because they didn't grow up with salsa and they have no history behind it. The movie is very matter-of-fact that Hector is a legend and for someone who doesn't listen to 70's salsa or wasn't brought up with it they aren't going to understand that. In salsafied countries like Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Panama, etc it won't matter because Hector is a legend. But in Australia, Britain, Europe, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, China, and non-Latin US (basically any country without a history of listening to salsa) forget it. It will matter big! So I have to agree, that's what Ray did really well... explain why Ray was big and that's why it translated even in non-English countries.

Also, I think the opportunity was missed to go into a bigger story of the salsa revolution in the 70's. This music sold millions and it sold all over Latin America and even West Africa where countries were known to be fanatical about (even though they didn't understand Spanish!). To this day it's legacy is still felt, if you go to Callao in Peru, Hector's image has been painted on walls there, go to Cali in Colombia and the people worship him, etc.

I also have to agree there was way too much on the drugs, and Hector's legacy, fame, and legend were not because he took drugs, it was because the music, lyrics and his persona touched people. He was tortured but he must have been happy at times too.

My wife and I are both Hector fans (though i am the fanatic) and we both enjoyed the movie, we will actually buy the DVD when it comes out. It could've been better though.


26 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why don't people like J.Lo? latinasweetdulce
DE DONDE VINO LA SALSA xPeruvianMamix
There are many other spanish actress why her boyhire21
The Movie soze-15
Puchi's Accident? mendez5000
Did Puchi Have a Daughter tanee311
Discuss El cantante (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?