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The Mambo Kings ()


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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.

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Pablo Calogero ...
Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
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Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo ...
Mario - The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry ...
Pito - The Mambo Kings Band
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Johnny Bing - The Mambo Kings Band
James Medina ...
Manny - The Mambo Kings Band (as Jimmy Medina)
Marcos Quintanilla ...
Willie - The Mambo Kings Band
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Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas Jr. ...
Xavier - The Mambo Kings Band
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Flaco - The Mambo Kings Band
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Cesar Castillo
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Nestor Castillo
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Lanna Lake
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Delores Fuentes
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Desi Arnaz Sr.
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Evalina Montoya
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Fernando Perez
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Miguel Montoya
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Tito Puente
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Maria Rivera
Joe Petruzzi ...
Carlo Ricci
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Ismelda Perez
Cordelia González ...
Anna Maria
Theodora Castellanos ...
Blanca
Lázaro Pérez ...
Pablo
Helena Carroll ...
Mrs. Shannon
John Herrera ...
Luis Fajardo
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Redhead on Bus (as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
Jose Duvall ...
Nando
Joe Conzo ...
Killer
Millie P. ...
Killer's Girlfriend
Doug Barron ...
Mike Wells
Jose Alberto ...
Johnny Casanova
Machito ...
Machito (as Frank Grillo)
Ron Townson ...
Empire M.C.
June Brown ...
Portly Woman
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Tracy Blair
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Young Cesar
Salvador Miranda ...
Young Nestor
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Creep
Adrian Martinez ...
Pablito
Rene Monteaqudo ...
Robertico
Cecelia Neal Ortiz ...
Leticia
Jessica Neal Ortiz ...
Leticia
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Mulligan
Martin Charles Warner ...
Mac
Joycelyn O'Brien ...
Gina
Diane Manzo ...
Amanda
Jessica Z. Diamond ...
Secretary
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Stripper
Anita Banderas ...
Anita
Ryan Howell ...
Kid with Basketball
Dawn McKinster ...
Poolside Patron
Karen Assante ...
Karen
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Girlfriend #2
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Mario's Girlfriend (as Cynthia Santos)
Susie Stillwell ...
Club Patron
Maiquel Saurez ...
Cleaning Woman
Natalie Zimmerman ...
Girlfriend #3
Debra Scott ...
Enchantment
Sonny Bravo ...
Piano Player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tina Cote ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Jillian Jourdan ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Candace Mead ...
Child (uncredited)
Lauren Mead ...
Child (uncredited)
Josephine Powell ...
Blonde Patron at Ballroom and Nightclub (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Tony Álvarez ...
Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Arne Glimcher

Written by

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Oscar Hijuelos ... (novel)
 
Cynthia Cidre ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jack B. Bernstein ... co-producer
Arne Glimcher ... producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer
Anna Reinhardt ... associate producer
Steven Reuther ... executive producer

Music by

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Carlos Franzetti
Robert Kraft

Cinematography by

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Michael Ballhaus

Film Editing by

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Claire Simpson
Glenn Lazzaro ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Nancy Frazen ... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Clare Larson ... first assistant editor
David Orr ... color timer
John Reul ... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Judy Silberstein ... associate editor

Casting By

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Suzanne Crowley
Billy Hopkins

Production Design by

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Stuart Wurtzel

Art Direction by

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Steve Saklad

Set Decoration by

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Kara Lindstrom

Costume Design by

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Gary Jones
Bridget Kelly
Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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Teresa M. Austin ... key makeup artist
Dennis Glas ... key makeup artist (as Dennis Glass)
Medusah ... hair department head
Josée Normand ... key hair stylist
Valli O'Reilly ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Mark Allan ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jan Sebastian Ballhaus ... second second assistant director (as Jan S. Ballhaus)
Simone Farber ... dga trainee
Benjamin Rosenberg ... first assistant director
Michael Samson ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Daniel W. Blaha ... propmaker
John P. Bruce ... set designer
Patrick Cassidy ... leadman
Andrea Mae Fenton ... set decorating buyer
Emily Ferry ... property master
Ted Haigh ... graphic designer
Debe Hale ... assistant art director
Ted Hardwick ... swing gang
Kalina Ivanov ... storyboard artist
Roger Meryett ... construction foreman (as Roger D. Meryett)
José Luis Moya ... construction assistant
Ramón Moya ... construction manager
Chuck Roseberry ... swing gang
Patti Safian ... art department coordinator
John H. Samson ... construction coordinator
Ernest M. Sanchez ... on-set dresser
Monti Santilli Rainbolt ... swing gang (as Monti Rainbolt)
Jesse Siono Jr. ... stand-by painter (as Jesse Siono)
Joy Taylor ... assistant property master
Philip Toolin ... set designer
Greg Wilkinson ... assistant props
Helen Wilson ... set dresser
Timothy O'Brien ... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael Ogle ... carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Yount ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Albert Aquino ... boom operator
Elisha Birnbaum ... foley artist
David Boulton ... adr engineer
Kristine Bulakowski ... assistant adr editor
Vince Caro ... additional recording engineer
Anthony J. Ciccolini III ... sound editor (as Anthony Ciccolini III)
Elliot Deitch ... sound editor
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Eugene Gearty ... sound effects editor
Harry Higgins ... machine room supervisor
Scott Jacobs ... boom operator
Neil L. Kaufman ... sound editor
Kerry Kelley ... machine room supervisor
Richard King ... assistant sound editor (as Richard Q. King)
Michael Kirchberger ... supervising sound editor
George A. Lara ... foley mixer
Tony Martinez ... group adr editor
Antonio Martínez ... adr editor
Jane McCulley ... supervising adr editor
Eytan Mirsky ... assistant sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles ... adr editor
Josephine Powell ... sound track consultant
Michael Shore ... assistant sound editor
Joel Shryack ... cable person
Paul P. Soucek ... assistant sound editor
Dominick Tavella ... foley mixer
Susumu Tokunow ... sound mixer
Brian Vancho ... foley artist
Susan M. Wagner ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Kam Cooney ... special effects coordinator (as M. Kam Cooney)
Edward Kennedy ... special effects assistant

Stunts

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Paul Baxley ... stunt coordinator
Kurt D. Lott ... stunts
Jim Stephan ... stunts (as Jim Stephen)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ismael Araujo Jr. ... grip
Florian Ballhaus ... first assistant camera
James F. Cornick ... rigger
J. Patrick Daily ... key grip
David M. Dunlap ... camera operator
Sam Emerson ... still photographer (as Sam Young Emerson)
Kent H. Jorgensen ... dolly grip
Gábor Kövér ... director of photography: second unit
Michael McGuire ... rigging key grip
Charlie McIntyre ... rigging gaffer (as Charles H. McIntyre III)
John 'Fest' Sandau ... assistant chief lighting technician
Cricket Sloat ... dimmer board operator
Jeffrey Thorin ... second assistant camera
James R. Tynes ... chief lighting technician
Tom West ... best boy grip (as Tom W. West)
Eric Whitehead ... grip
Mark Mele ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lowell Peterson ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ann Goulder ... casting associate: New York
David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting
Rick Montgomery ... additional casting
Dan Parada ... additional casting
Dixie Webster ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cheryl Beasley Blackwell ... costumer
Bruce Ericksen ... costume supervisor
Donna Maloney ... costumer
David Mayreis ... costumer

Location Management

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Robert Chambers ... assistant location manager
Karen White ... location manager

Music Department

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Lori Andrews ... musician
David Carbonara ... music editor
Thomas S. Drescher ... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)
Michael Farrow ... music recording engineer
Michael Golub ... music recording engineer
Christopher Kennedy ... music editor
Dan Korintus ... additional music editor
Robert Kraft ... Composer/Executive Music Producer
Pete Macnamara ... musician: trumpet coach
Shawn Murphy ... song recordist
Johnny Pacheco ... music consultant
Ray Santos ... music consultant
Robin Urdang ... music coordinator
Frank Wolf ... music recording engineer

Transportation Department

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Bo Falck ... transportation captain
Michael Forte ... driver: Antonio Banderos
Bruce Hauer ... transportation captain
Dusty Saunders ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Lester Ayala ... production assistant
Edward Bates ... production assistant
Shauna Beal ... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Kim Blank ... choreographer: assistant / dancer
Bryan Constans ... production assistant
Patrick Ewald ... assistant: Ms. Reinhardt
Ellen Glimcher ... production assistant
Barbara A. Hall ... production coordinator
Adam Ivers ... assistant: Mr. Bernstein
Eric Jacobson ... production assistant (as Eric R. Jacobson)
Lynn Mackey ... production secretary
Bill McLaren ... production assistant
Brian McMillan ... head animal trainer
Leigh A. Miller ... production coordinator
Carlos Montaner ... production assistant
Nancy Beth Orr ... choreographer
Sharon Perl-Collins ... production controller (as Sharon Perl)
Michael Peters ... choreographer
Josephine Powell ... consultant to producer
Luke Reichle ... production assistant
Seth Riggs ... voice coach
Lolita Ritmanis ... additional arrangement
Eric Roberts ... craft service
Judith Saunders ... script supervisor
Debra Scott ... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Diane Seniw ... assistant production accountant (as Diane M. Seniw)
James D. Solomon ... associate: Arne Glimcher
Shawn Stevens ... crafts service/catering
Nancy Willen ... unit publicist
Dominic Marcus ... adr supporting artist (uncredited)

Thanks

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Dan Stein ... special thanks

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les mambo kings (France)
  • Mambo Kings (Germany)
  • Los reyes del mambo tocan canciones de amor (Spain)
  • Кралете на мамбото (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Mambo Kings (Slovenia)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Antonio Banderas couldn't speak English when this movie was filmed, and thus performed all his lines phonetically. Armand Assante couldn't speak Spanish and thus performed all his lines phonetically. See more »
Goofs The "I Love Lucy" show was filmed in Hollywood several weeks in advance of the air date and never broadcast live as portrayed in the movie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Memoirs of an Invisible Man/Under Suspicion/The Mambo Kings/This Is My Life (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Mambo Caliente See more »
Quotes Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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