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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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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

Dominican Republic | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Aci seker See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,472, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$388,730, 29 December 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fascinating political film
18 January 2004 | by philip1970See all my reviews

A heartwrenching drama, and touching film for a political disaster at the doorstep of the U.S...this film is a must for anyone interested in using the cinema to know today's Cuba through an extremely tragic but realistic story


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