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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Everleth ...
Tito (4 yrs.)
Bernard Hernandez ...
Tito (7 yrs.)
Christopher Becerra ...
Tito (12-15 yrs.)
Ismael Miranda ...
Hector's Father
Tito Allen ...


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


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


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)  »

Also Known As:

Who Killed Hector Lavoe?  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Priest: Do you, Hector...
Puchi: He does. Hector, say I do.
Hector Lavoe: [groggily] I do.
Priest: Puchi...
Puchi: I do.
[looks around menancingly]
Puchi: Anybody object?
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Referenced in The Sound and the Heat of El Cantante (2007) See more »


Soy Boricua
Written by Robert Anglero
Performed by Bobby Valentin
Published by Fania Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Emusica Records, LLC
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Well made movie
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must admit that I had my doubts about this film, but after I watched it I wanted to watch it again. The movie is about the life of Hector Lavoe (Mark Antony) from the point of view of his wife Puchi (Jennifer Lopez). I shows his personal life in those areas that affected her the most. While some people don't think much of the way the movie is presented I think is very realistic and well acted. For those of us who remember when Hector Lavoe was the main voice of the Salsa music this movie brings back lots of memories. As far as the acting go Jennifer actually becomes Puchi and Mark does very well as Hector. I give it an A-

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