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El cantante (2006)

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 (as Antone Pagan)
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Tito (4 yrs.)
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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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America discovered him. One woman understood him. But no one could save him from himself.... 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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3 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Who Killed Hector Lavoe?  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,202,035 (USA) (5 August 2007)

Gross:

$7,556,004 (USA) (30 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

Hector Lavoe: I love you.
Puchi: You always love me when you're high.
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'El Cantante' (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Time for Christmas Crooner
Written by Stephen Edwards
Performed by Michael Dees
Published by Engine Co 35 (ASCAP) & Source in Sync Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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unspectacular biopic done with limited cinematic style
3 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is a biopic of salsa singer Héctor Lavoe (Marc Anthony) who lived from 1946 to 1993. His wife Puchi (Jennifer Lopez) recalls their lives together in 2002. Héctor arrives in NYC from Ponce, Puerto Rico in the early 60s. He quickly gets some success. He meets Puchi who comes from a family of drug dealers. He slowly falls into the world of drugs as his live falls apart.

Marc Anthony's performance comes alive whenever he's singing. He's only competent as an actor but at times, he's overwhelmed by the bigger personality of JLo. There isn't anything original in this biopic story. What's truly lacking is a good cinematic style. This is shot with a style more fitting to a good TV movie. It has way too many montages and the style lacks intensity. The music is great but this can't be just a concert movie.


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