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El cantante (2006)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  3 August 2007 (USA)
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The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

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Tito (4 yrs.)
Bernard Hernandez ...
Tito (7 yrs.)
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Tito (12-15 yrs.)
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Zaida
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Hector's Father
Tito Allen ...
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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>

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Based on the true story of the King of Salsa, Hector Lavoe. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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

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Box Office

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

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$7,556,004 (USA) (28 September 2007)
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According to the DVD commentary, the film was shot in only 33 days. 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: You know we haven't been straight for three hours a day, for what, 20 years? Not since we met. And we just go on with life like this. I love you, you know, but it's impossible, Puchi.
Puchi: Impossible? Impossible? Oh, I get it. Now that our son is dead, it all comes clear to you? I'm this horrible bitch and you're a great guy? And maybe the best thing to do is make it official now? Is that what you're saying Hector? All of a sudden a fucking light bulb went off in your head and now you're realizing ...
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Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Written by James Nyx and Marvin Gaye (as Marvin P. Gaye)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Published by Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hector Lavoe's life on the big screen
5 August 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I knew very little about Hector Lavoe or his music before seeing this film and I must admit that apart from knowing a few of his songs, I still can't say that I know the man or why he was the way he was. The film almost glorified his tragic lifestyle and choices but gave us no real insight into what motivated the man.

I take the film 'Ray' as an example. We go deep into Ray's childhood to understand why he does what he does, positive and negative, and why he thinks and feels the way he does. We never see Hector as a child, I don't know what happened to his mother and never get a sense of the relationship between him and his father.

Honestly, and sadly, this film doesn't make me see Hector Lavoe the man or the even Hector Lavoe, the musical genius. From the first sequence, this film was about a drug addict who also sang who was named Hector Lavoe.

I think he deserved more than that.

With that said, the music is very well done and there were flashes of brilliance but there was too much quick cutting and jumping away from dramatic moments. It's fine if you wanted the music sequences to be fast paced but even dramatic moments were rushed along and stylized to the point of taking me out of the film.

Good film but poorly directed and not a classic which, like I said, Hector deserved better. He deserved the full 'Ray' treatment of this being a shining testament to his genius and not a movie about Puchi's husband.


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