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Azúcar amarga (1996)

Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his ... See full summary »

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writers:

Pelayo García (story), Leon Ichaso (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
René Lavan ... Gustavo
Mayte Vilán Mayte Vilán ... Yolanda
Miguel Gutiérrez Miguel Gutiérrez ... Dr. Tomás Valdez
Larry Villanueva Larry Villanueva ... Bobby
Luís Celeiro Luís Celeiro ... Prof. García
Teresa Maria Rojas Teresa Maria Rojas ... Belkis
Orestes Matacena ... Claudio
Caridad Ravelo Caridad Ravelo ... Soraya
Jorge Pupo ... Yiyo
Victor Checo Victor Checo ... Edmundo, Yolanda's Father
Virgilio Martí Virgilio Martí ... Guaguanco Singer
Tony Almont Tony Almont ... Dread Locks / Rock Band: Congas and Voice
Félix Germán Félix Germán ... Resort Security Guard
Augusto Feria Augusto Feria ... Hotel Security Guard
Alejandro Gonzáles Alejandro Gonzáles ... Interrogator (as Alejandro Gonzales)
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Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his father, a psychiatrist, can make four times as much playing piano at a hotel for foreigners; his sweetheart, Yolanda, wants a career as a dancer and longs for the riches of Miami; his younger brother Bobby simply wants to play rock music, and as a result is in constant trouble with the authorities. When Bobby takes a shocking step of revolt and Gustavo is refused service at a foreigners-only bar, the contradictions in his resolve to become a "new man" push him to the breaking point. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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According to Box Office Mojo, this movie earned US$450,050 at the North American box office. See more »

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A very shocking movie.
20 May 1999 | by JIVMSee all my reviews

This was, indeed, a very shocking movie. It shows the life inside Cuba as no movie has done before. The scene in which Bobby and his friends infect themselfs with AIDS is very disturbing since you know there´s no other way the authorities are going to listen to them. Also, the fact that the movie is filmed in black and white gives a more penetrating feeling.


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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

Cuba | Dominican Republic | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Acı şeker See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,742, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$450,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$450,060
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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