Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'. In flashback we learn of ... See full summary »
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I Am Cuba (1964)
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo
Lucía (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930's, and the 1960's.

Director: Humberto Solás
Stars: Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Núñez, Adela Legrá
Habana Blues (2005)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two cuban friends play in a blues band in La Habana. When a spanish music producer offers them a contract to record an album and to build a career in Europe, they will have to decide ... See full summary »

Director: Benito Zambrano
Stars: Alberto Yoel, Roberto San Martín, Yailene Sierra
Guantanamera (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

It is a satire about life in Cuba. The members of a funeral procession and some truckdrivers who have to take the same route begin to talk about god and the world ending up in discovering ... See full summary »

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío
Stars: Carlos Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Jorge Perugorría
Havana Suite (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dawn breaks in La Habana, and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music.

Director: Fernando Pérez
Stars: Francisquito Cardet, Francisco Cardet, Norma Pérez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lesbian, an aspiring actor, an aspiring singer, a low-class marriage, a neighborhood community and 2 renowned directors have memorable less-than-24-hour-long experiences while living in/visiting the capital of Cuba.

Directors: Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Vladimir Cruz, Magali Wilson
Habanastation (2011)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Directed mainly for kids, the film speaks of a Havana that "reveals two distinct faces, from the everyday life of a couple of kids", according to the film's official synopsis.

Director: Ian Padrón
Stars: Claudia Alvariño, Rubén Araujo, Blanca Rosa Blanco
Fallen Gods (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Ernesto Daranas
Stars: Sílvia Águila, Carlos Ever Fonseca, Héctor Noas
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Rakel Adriana ...
Doñita
Ulyk Anello ...
Duany
Renny Arozarena ...
Benny Moré
Laura De la Uz ...
Irene
Husmell Díaz ...
Arnulfo
Jorge Fedecaz ...
Olegario
Carlos Ever Fonseca ...
Angeluis
Serafín García Aguilar ...
Gutiérrez
Mario Guerra ...
Monchy
Bárbara Hernández ...
Lydia
Carlos Massola ...
León Arévalo
Mayra Mazorra ...
Mamá de Beny
Limara Meneses ...
Aida
Enrique Molina ...
Olimpio
Marcela Morales ...
Natalia
Edit

Storyline

Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'. In flashback we learn of his success in Mexico. Moré is caught in the events connected to Batista's coup in Cuba. Also, he tours Venezuela, where he suffers the machinations of a vengeful businessman. After collapsing and being hospitalised, Moré swears off alcohol. Some years later, he encounters his old band-mate Monchy, fallen on hard times. Written by BeardoUK

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 July 2006 (Cuba)  »

Also Known As:

Divina desmesura  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When the Orishas recorded their version of the song "Soy Guajiro" it was intended for inclusion only in the CD of the soundtrack - as a bonus - not within the film. However, once he heard it, the director decided to include it over the closing titles. See more »

Soundtracks

Soy Guajiro
Orishas
(closing titles)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Music And Politics Make For Strange Bedfellows
2 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently had the window of opportunity to see at least three quarters of this fine,but somewhat flawed film biography on Cuba's beloved singer,Benny More, who wowed audiences in not just Cuba,but Mexico & most of South America too. The story spans More's career from the mid 1940's, until his untimely death in the early 1960's at the age of 44 from complications brought on from his chronic alcoholism. The film also acts as a time line for some of Cuba's social history from the mid 1940's,onwards to the early 60's. The films musical soundtrack is studded with Cuba's vibrant musical scene from that era. The screenplay seems to be a bit scatter shot & fragmented at times (although anyone with a good handle on Cuba's social/political history of that era could easily wade through the quagmire that most of us Americans could only guess to). Sadly, as there is no North American distribution of this film, the screening was limited to a DVD copy that developed some serious technical glitches in the last half hour of the film (resulting in the screening being abandoned for the evening). Hopefully, some distributor with brains will pick up on this flawed gem & either give it a proper distribution in 35mm (with readable English subtitles,as it's spoken entirely in Spanish),or on DVD. As there is no MPAA rating, it contains some rough language,sexual situations & some rather unpleasant alcohol abuse scenes.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When will it be released in the Americas or Europe? CarreraRaul
Discuss El Benny (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?