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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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Writers:
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón (written by)
Fernando Trueba (written by)
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Release Date:
19 November 2010 (Ireland) See more »
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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 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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love, politics, but mostly music - great music! See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (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 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)
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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
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound re-recording mixer
Iñaki Sánchez .... sound assistant
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Marc Calvelo .... character animator
David Campassol .... 3D technical director (as David Kampa)
Ivan Costarrosa Rios .... compositor
Lluïsa Cuchillo .... 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
Zsolt Baumgartner .... animator
Augusto Borges Bastos .... key clean-up artist
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
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
 
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
Salome Limon .... music recording: Madrid
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
Adel Rodríguez Casuso .... musician
Michael Rodríguez .... 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
Josie Law .... head of development & acquisitions: CinemaNX
Judith Rocabert .... production assistant
Gemma Spector .... head of distribution
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Tim Haslam .... Worldwide sales (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jessica Berman .... very special thanks
Carlos Carcas .... thanks
Javier Limón .... thanks
Bebo Valdés .... dedicatee (as Bebo)
 

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UK:94 min
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Certification:
Ireland:15A | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Chico:Have you thought about your career? About your future?
Rita:Future, what future? The future never gave me anything! All my hopes are set on the past.
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Movie Connections:
References The Seven Year Itch (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
La bella cubanaSee more »

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love, politics, but mostly music - great music!, 30 June 2012
Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel

Hard to put 'Chico & Rita' is an a category and this is a testimony of the fact that animated movies, even those that are created in the 'classical' 2-D format like this one transcend nowadays genres and express more and more different emotions and messages. Walt Disney (the guy who authored Fantasia) would have been delighted. 'Chico & Rita' is a musical (with wonderful Cuban and jazz music), a melodrama, and a political film. All packaged in a beautiful and colorful wrapping which makes it a pleasure to watch and listen to.

I should say that the animation is not the best side of the film, and probably stills look better than the movie itself. In the epoch when so many animation tools are available at the cost of a laptop accessible to any college student this may have been an intentional decision. On the contrary, a lot of effort was deployed into reconstituting the time and the places of the action - the Havana of the 1940s and 50s and in present times, the New York and the Las Vegas (and for a few sequences the Paris) of the clubs where some of the best music ever was created by such giants as Charlie 'Bird' Parker or Duke Ellington.

The film is also a pseudo-biography, but here we need to be careful. The torrid love story between the pianist Chico and the singer Rita, which starts in the Cuba of the last decade before the Communist take-over and continues tracking them while they try to make their way in the US of the 50s may be loosely based on the characters of two real time musicians (Bebo Valdes who actually wrote the original music in the film and Rita Montaner who was the star of the Tropicana club in Havana and then had a short but spectacular career in the US). However the real life paths of the two were different than the ones described in the film, Bebo Valdes lived after 1960 out of Cuba, while Rita Montaner died in 1958.

To some extent the 'Chico & Rita' reminded me the wonderful Israeli animated film 'Waltz with Bashir' by Ari Folman. As there, at some point in time I lost the difference between film with actors and animation and I completely immersed in the story (and the music in this case). 'Chico & Rita' also tries to tell a story that is human, but also has a strong political message. Beyond the world-wide success in the last 10-15 years of the Cuban musicians lies a more complex and sometimes tragical story of the sparkling culture of music, entrainment, night life that was put on freeze or sent in exile for many decades by the Communist regime in Cuba. It was rediscovered starting with the 90s when Cuba slowly started to re-open to the world, but how many destinies of musicians were cut short or annihilated in these years. The true story of those years is yet to be told, written and brought to screens. It is important is that the music survived and is now back for anyone to enjoy, including those who will see this movie.

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