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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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:

Black and White (flashback scene to childhood)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Julie Pinson. See more »

Goofs

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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 Class Act (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Maria Of My Soul
Music by Robert Kraft
Lyrics by Arne Glimcher
Produced by Los Lobos
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records
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Mesmerizing!
24 July 2004 | by skittles56443See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I cried. It brought out emotions I did not know I had. The performances were phenomenal. I knew Antonio could sing but Armand Assante was a huge surprise! The late, great Celia Cruz acts as sort of a every woman musically narrating the story. Another musical genius, that has since left this world, is Tito Puente. His performance sets up the audience for the electricity that follows. This movie portrayed every form of love know to humans-between family, man and woman and everyone's love of music. The passions that this movie ignites, well, I haven't felt since. I can't wait till it comes out on DVD because my VHS is a little worn. When they start to count down the greatest movies of all time I hope The Mambo Kings is in the top ten!


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