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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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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)

Gross USA:

$6,742,168
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (flashback scene to childhood)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because of his commitment to this film, Antonio Banderas had to pass on working with his mentor Pedro Almodóvar for the sixth time on High Heels (1991). The pair did not work together again for nearly 20 years; when they reunited for La piel que habito (2011). See more »

Goofs

It is 1952 and the family is watching an episode of the TV series Cheyenne which did not premiere until 1955. See more »

Quotes

Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Soundtracks

Tea For Two
Written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
Performed by Mambo All-Stars
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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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