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Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Wim Wenders (by), Nick Gold (original concept)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Compay Segundo ... Himself
Eliades Ochoa ... Himself
Ry Cooder ... Himself
Joachim Cooder Joachim Cooder ... Himself
Ibrahim Ferrer ... Himself
Omara Portuondo ... Herself
Rubén González Rubén González ... Himself
Orlando 'Cachaíto' López ... Himself
Amadito Valdés Amadito Valdés ... Himself
Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal ... Himself
Barbarito Torres ... Himself
Pío Leyva Pío Leyva ... Himself
Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea ... Himself
Juan de Marcos González Juan de Marcos González ... Himself
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Storyline

A group of legendary Cuban musicians, some as old as their nineties, were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a CD. In this film, we see and hear some of the songs being recorded in Havana. There is also footage from concerts in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall. In addition, many of the individual musicians talk about their lives in Cuba and about how they got started in music. Written by George S. Davis

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Plot Keywords:

cuba | song | concert | singer | guitar | See All (13) »

Taglines:

In Havana, music isn't a pastime, it's a way of life. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

Germany | USA | UK | France | Cuba

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havana Rhapsody See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,370, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,997,620, 30 January 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The success of the album and this subsequent documentary had a deep impact on the Cuban tourist industry, raising the country's profile. See more »

Connections

Followed by Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Guateque Campesino
Written by Celia Romero
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Well-done documentary about long forgotten Cuban musicians ...
14 March 2001 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 3/14/2001 - (Dir-Wim Wenders): Well-done documentary about long forgotten Cuban musicians and American country musician Ry Cooder's adventure into putting together this band. The music is captivating, the musician's come across as greatful wonderful people who just happen to be able to play their particular instrument very well. Tremendous look into Cuba and it's people with many shots of the city Havana. These musicians are very proud of their country and have no intention of difecting as we as Americans feel that they would because of our limited exposure into this culture. Rare opportunity to walk into a land and people that we don't often see.


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