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
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The film went through several names whilst in production, including "El Barbaro del Ritmo" ("The Wildman of Rhythm") and "Divina Desmesura" (~ "Divine Excess"). Other ideas included "Oh Vida!" ("Oh Life!") and "Los dioses mueren jóvenes" ("Gods Die Young"). See more
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