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Chico & Rita -- Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba ("Belle Epoque," "Calle 54") and Spain's legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.
Chico & Rita -- Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
Chico & Rita -- A budding pianist and his young chanteuse lover hit the jazz-bebop scenes on their way from Cuba to New York.


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Release Date:
19 November 2010 (Ireland) See more »
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Really likable, little, animated film. See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order)
Limara Meneses ... Rita (voice)
Eman Xor Oña ... Chico (voice)
Mario Guerra ... Ramón (voice)
Jon Adams ... (voice)
Renny Arozarena ... (voice)
Blanca Rosa Blanco ... (voice)
Jackie de la Nuez ... (voice) (as Jakie de la Nuez)
Rigoberto Ferrera ... (voice)

Ken Forman ... (voice)
Ray Gillon ... (voice)

Steve Harper ... (voice) (as Michael Harper)

Lenny Mandel ... Ron (voice)
Jorge Ryan ... (voice)
Claudia Valdes ... (voice) (as Claudia Valdés)
Claudia Valdés ... (voice)
Ashley Albert ... (voice)
Tracey Ayer ... (voice)
Carlos Cabal ... (voice)
Wendy Dillon ... (voice)
Kathy Fitzgerald ... (voice)
Luis Alberto García ... (voice)
Mark Anthony Henry ... (voice)
Kerin McCue ... (voice)
Miriam Socarras ... (voice)

Peter Appel ... (voice)

Jay Benedict ... (voice)
Luis Enrique Carreres ... (voice)
Aleida Enríquez ... (voice)
Carlos Ever Fonseca ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Calderón ... (voice)
Alexis González ... (voice)
David Kramer ... (voice)
Estrella Morente ... (voice)
Diana Preisler ... (voice)

Isabelle Stoffel ... (voice)
Gladys Zurbano ... (voice)

Directed by
Tono Errando 
Javier Mariscal 
Fernando Trueba 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón  written by
Fernando Trueba  written by

Produced by
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Santi Errando .... producer
Andrew Fingret .... co-producer
Cristina Huete .... producer
Elisa Plaza .... delegate producer: TV3
Martin Pope .... producer
Antonio Resines .... associate producer
Michael Rose .... producer
Marc Samuelson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bebo Valdés 
Film Editing by
Arnau Quiles 
Makeup Department
Mariolis Robaina Valiente .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paula Blanqué .... assistant production manager
Kepa Dañobeitia .... unit production manager
Jean Cullen De Moura .... production supervisor: Lightstar Studios
Albert García Vila .... production manager
Angélica Huete .... executive production manager
Art Department
Marc Calvelo .... texture artist
Joan Masip .... backgrounds
Sergio Muñoz .... graphic design
Jorge Penny .... graphic design
Sound Department
Álex F. Capilla .... foley artist
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Miguel Muñoz Huete .... second sound editing assistant
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound re-recording mixer
Iñaki Sánchez .... sound assistant
Marco A. Toledo .... sound mixer
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Visual Effects by
Marc Calvelo .... character animator
David Campassol .... 3D technical director (as David Kampa)
Ivan Costarrosa Rios .... compositor
Lluïsa Cuchillo .... compositor
Llorenç Esteve .... compositor
Manel Ovat .... visual effects
Eduard Puertas .... compositing supervisor
Carlos Rubio .... visual effects compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Calzado .... lighting (as Miguel Calzado Álvarez)
Animation Department
Fernando Abaca .... animator
Alberto Acelay .... animator
Silvia Aguilera .... color supervisor
Daniel Alcaraz .... animator
Lluís Arqués .... animator
Carlos Arroyo .... storyboard supervisor
Krisztina Bakos .... clean-up/inbetween artist
Zsolt Baumgartner .... animator
Augusto Borges Bastos .... key clean-up artist
Manuel Borras .... animator (as Manuel Borrás)
Carlos Cardero .... animator
Juan C. Concha .... animator (as Juan Carlos Concha)
Juan C. Concha .... animator
Dave Coogan .... animator
Tino Córdoba .... animator
Salva de Aro .... animator
Jean Cullen De Moura .... key clean-up animator
Marcelo Fernandes De Moura .... animation director
Valentín Doménech .... animator (as Valentí Domènech)
Chris Doyle .... animator
Joan Espinach .... animation supervisor
Douglas Alves Ferreira .... animator
Liliana Fortuny .... animator
Manuel Galiana .... animation director (as Manolo Galiana)
Pedro Daniel García Pérez .... lead animator
Sandra Gaudi .... animator
Diana Georgieva Anesteva .... assistant animator
Jesús Gracia .... layout artist
Arturo Hernández .... animator
Pedro Hernández .... animator (as Pere Hernández)
Carlos León .... animator
Rosana Llave .... animator
Carlos Luzzi .... animator
Pablo Mandelbaum .... animator
José Mansuy .... animator (as Pepe Mansuy)
Alberto Marcos .... animator
Pilar Menendez .... assistant animator
Toni Mengual .... animator
Javier Ojuel .... animator
Felipe Orozco .... animator
Kimo Osuna .... animator
Bojan Pantelic .... character animation director
Jesús Parada .... animator
Vittorio Pirajno .... animation supervisor
Esteve Puig .... animator
Inma Puig .... animator (as Imma Puig)
Núria Puig .... color director (as Nuri Puig)
Miquel Pujol .... animation supervisor
Fernando Pérez .... animator
Santi Roig .... animation supervisor
Mario Serrano .... animator
José Solís .... animator
János Szabó .... animator
Ricard Tarrés .... animator
Gern Thomas .... animator
Wilson Henrique Vesco .... animator
Carlos Zapater .... animator
Francisco Álvarez .... animator
David Parcerisa .... character designer (uncredited)
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Rosa Marquetti .... casting: Cuba
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mariolis Robaina Valiente .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Victor Martos .... color timer
Pepín .... digital intermediate colorist
Diana Toucedo .... assistant editor
Music Department
Yaroldi Abreu .... musician
Ted Ackerman .... musician
James Anderson .... music mixing
James Anderson .... music recording
Rodney Barreto .... musician
Geandelaxis Bell .... musician (as Geandelaxis Bell 'Mandela')
Seneca Black .... musician
Luis Bonilla .... musician
Kenji Bunch .... musician
David Bunn .... musician
Katherine Cherbas .... musician
Stephanie Cummins .... musician
Mark Feldman .... musician
Inoidel González .... musician
Maykel González .... musician
Joyce Hammann .... musician (as Joyce Hamman)
Antonio Hart .... musician
Jimmy Heath .... musician
Horacio Hernández .... musician (as Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández)
Conrad Herwig .... musician
Bobby Lavelle .... musician
Salomé Limón .... music recording: Madrid (as Salome Limon)
Rolando Luna .... musician
Michael P. Mossman .... additional musical arrangements
Dany Noel .... musician
Yuri Nogueira .... musician
Arturo O'Farrill .... musician
Jeb Patton .... musician
Carol Pool .... musician
Dafnis Prieto .... musician
Robert Procelli .... musician
Douglas Purviance .... musician
Roberto Quintero .... musician
Ivan Renta .... musician
Jorge Reyes .... musician
Michael Aku RoDriguez .... musician (as Michael Rodríguez)
Adel Rodríguez Casuso .... musician
Rubén Rodríguez .... musician
Tony Rosa .... musician
Frances Rowell .... musician
Carlos Sarduy .... musician
Laura J. Seaton .... musician (as Laura Seaton)
Jim Seeley .... musician
Debra Shufelt .... musician
Antoine Silverman .... musician
Gary Smulyan .... musician
Pedro Ugarte Pérez .... music recording: La Habana (as Pedro Ugarte)
Bebo Valdés .... musical arrangements
Bebo Valdés .... musician
Gary Valente .... musician
Pete Van Nostrand .... musician
Amadito Velazco .... musician
Germán Velazco .... musician
Erica von Kleist .... musician
John Walsh .... musician
Belinda Whitney .... musician
David Wong .... musician
Paul Woodiel .... musician (as Paul Woodiell)
Other crew
Nerea Aizpurua .... production coordinator (as Nerea Aizpurúa)
Renato Celani .... representative: CinemaNX
Barney Goodland .... production assistant
Tansy Huws .... production assistant
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Josie Law .... head of development & acquisitions: CinemaNX
Judith Rocabert .... production assistant
Maloles Rodríguez .... production assistant
Jill Rosen .... For Hanway Films
Jill Rosen .... publicity (for HanWay Films )
Gemma Spector .... head of distribution
Graham Sylvester .... representative: CinemaNX
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Tim Haslam .... Worldwide sales (uncredited)
Jessica Berman .... very special thanks
Carlos Carcas .... thanks
Javier Limón .... thanks
Bebo Valdés .... dedicatee (as Bebo)

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UK:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In order to help accurately represent 1940s era Cuba, Javier Mariscal undertook an extensive research trip to Cuba and was able to view government archive photographs from 1949.See more »
Errors in geography: The kitchen in which Chico and Rita eat kidney-bean soup is in the United States. However, a European-style electrical outlet can be seen clearly on one of the walls.See more »
Ramón:That's Chico. Unknown, but he's the hottest piano player in Cuba.See more »
Movie Connections:
Star DustSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Really likable, little, animated film., 15 February 2012
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is a movie done not by any big animation studios but it's a British and Spanish animated co-production instead. This means that the movie already has an unique style of its own, that works out as something fresh and quite charming.

What I foremost liked about this movie that it got buildup and approached like an actual movie. The camera handling, the way the animated characters 'act', really, this movie might just as well had been a life action movie and things would had been exactly the same.

Except for its look of course. The movie has a real pleasant and bright look over it. Its for most part set on Cuba and you really feel its special atmosphere, while watching this movie. Besides, the animation might not look photo-realistic, the backgrounds are still often really great looking and so is the way all of the characters move and show expressions. It really is a truly great movie from an animation perspective.

But also story-wise this is a great, sweet little movie. It's a romantic one, that involves a love story between 2 musicians, the one a singer the other a piano player. You can tell they fit well together and also should be together but due to many different circumstances they often loose track of each other and end up living their own lives and have their own musical careers, while still running into each other, every now and then.

It all is being supported by some fine jazz music and if you are a jazz lover, this movie is already an absolute must-see for you! And no, I myself am not even a jazz lover but I could still really appreciate the music in this movie and what it did for its story and overall atmosphere.

It's also most definitely a movie for adults only. And not just because the movie features some nudity and a pretty graphic sex scene in it but also simply because of its story and the way its getting told. Like I said, it's just being like a life action movie with its approach, so don't simply let the fact that its animated scare you off. This just simply is a great movie, that deserves to be seen by more.

This in short is a surprisingly good animated movie, with a sweet little story in at and a great overall style and atmosphere to it!


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