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El cantante (2006)

R  |   |  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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Papo
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Jared Everleth ...
Tito (4 yrs.)
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Tito (7 yrs.)
Christopher Becerra ...
Tito (12-15 yrs.)
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Zaida
Ismael Miranda ...
Hector's Father
Tito Allen ...
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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>

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Who Killed Hector Lavoe?  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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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Referenced in Psych: Six Feet Under the Sea (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Fiel
Written by C. Curet Alonso
Performed by Santos Colon
Published by Fania Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Emusica Records, LLC
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"El cantante" indeed !
23 August 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Outstanding performance of Jennifer Lopez. I didn't know this side of her,as an actress with so much potential. Maybe she had to play this part to prove it.

And Marc's wasn't bad at all! He himself could be "El Cantante" for the soft and powerful voice he has.

The movie seemed to be somewhere between a musical and a drama. Jennifer made Puchi - Hector's wife so real,that she seemed to be the key of Hector's life (and I knew nothing about this salsa singer up until I saw this movie!). And Hector was the door that Puchi managed to open from time to time. I saw a great bond between those two and it came out a very good movie, worth seeing, especially if you love salsa music.

And even if you don't, you'll start loving it!


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