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The Mambo Kings (1992)

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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... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Pablo Calogero ... Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
... Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo ... Mario - The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry ... Pito - The Mambo Kings Band
... Johnny Bing - The Mambo Kings Band
James Medina ... Manny - The Mambo Kings Band (as Jimmy Medina)
Marcos Quintanilla ... Willie - The Mambo Kings Band
... Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas Jr. ... Xavier - The Mambo Kings Band
... Flaco - The Mambo Kings Band
... Cesar Castillo
... Nestor Castillo
... Lanna Lake
... Delores Fuentes
... Desi Arnaz Sr.
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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.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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28 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Mambo Kings  »

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$15,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,742,168
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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Julie Pinson. See more »

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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

Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Ballrooms and Biscotti (2003) See more »

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Ahora Soy Tan Feliz
Written by Benny Moré
Performed by Benny Moré
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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The Best (and only) Mambo Movie I've Ever Seen!
19 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Excellent "mambo" music and colorful characters made me rate this a "9" after the first viewing. After several looks, the novelty - how many mambo movies are there? - wore off and it settled in as an "8 stars" film but I don't regret seeing this several times. It's fun to watch.

Armand Assante was particularly good in here and I was intrigued with Maruschka Detmers, a new face which at times looked striking. Since she resides in France and hasn't made many, if any, English-speaking films, we here in North America haven't really seen her since this film. Assante and Antonio Bandaras are the two leads, however, sharing the spotlight with the music. Both actors are excellent, maybe the best roles of their careers.

The story moves best the first 40 minutes with a lot of that "hot" music but then gets a little melodramatic afterward. However, I found it interesting all the way through with a nice tale of brotherly love and devotion.

For all you "Ricky Ricardo" fans of "I Love Lucy" television: if you want a real feel of Latin Americans-in America during the 1950s, check this film out.


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