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The Mambo Kings (1992)

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Two Cuban brothers bring a new music to the 1950s USA. They are as different as the problems that await them.

Director:

Arne Glimcher

Writers:

Oscar Hijuelos (novel), Cynthia Cidre (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Calogero Pablo Calogero ... Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
Scott Cohen ... Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo Mario Grillo ... Mario - The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry Ralph Irizarry ... Pito - The Mambo Kings Band
Pete Macnamara ... Johnny Bing - The Mambo Kings Band
James Medina James Medina ... Manny - The Mambo Kings Band (as Jimmy Medina)
Marcos Quintanilla Marcos Quintanilla ... Willie - The Mambo Kings Band
J.T. Taylor ... Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Xavier - The Mambo Kings Band
Yul Vazquez ... Flaco - The Mambo Kings Band
Armand Assante ... Cesar Castillo
Antonio Banderas ... Nestor Castillo
Cathy Moriarty ... Lanna Lake
Maruschka Detmers ... Delores Fuentes
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Desi Arnaz Sr.
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Storyline

Musician brothers Cesar and Nestor leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene. Cesar is the older brother, the business manager, and the ladies' man. Nestor is the brooding songwriter, who cannot forget the woman in Cuba who broke his heart. Written by Dehlia

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With a suitcase full of song, Hearts filled with passion, two brothers come to America in search of a dream.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Film debut of Julie Pinson. See more »

Goofs

When the Castillo brothers first approach New York City in the early 1950s, you can see the World Trade Center towers in the skyline. The towers weren't built until the early 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Anna Maria: He thinks he's the last Coca Cola in the desert.
Lanna Lake: Honey, he is.
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Connections

Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.1125 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Mambo Caliente
Written by Arturo Sandoval
Performed by Arturo Sandoval
Courtesy of GRP Records
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Superb music, excellent portrayal
12 October 2007 | by icreeemSee all my reviews

First, I am a professional drummer whose interest in this film was only ignited by with the knowledge that the genius Tito Puente makes an appearance, and even better, shares a solo with the star. That aside, the rest of the movie is a favorite of mine, especially the fantastic, contagious personality of Cesar, superbly played by Assante...you grow to love this rogue of a man almost instantly. His constant laughter is just a hint of how rascally a businessman/band leader and devoted brother he is. The music is no less contagious, and I find myself interested in Salsa and Mambo music all the more because of this entertaining film. My one complaint is that the above-mentioned solo between Puente and Assante is interrupted by gangland violence, just at the moment when everyone is getting into the spirit! Other than that, it was brilliantly casted and acted. A great look at the way of the entertainment business in the early 1950's, especially for hopeful immigrants like the Castillo Brothers. Excellent!


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mambo Kings See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$319,793, 1 March 1992

Gross USA:

$6,742,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,742,168
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashback scene to childhood)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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