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 21 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Octavio Calderon Octavio Calderon ... Self - Musician
Joachim Cooder Joachim Cooder ... Self
Ry Cooder ... Self
Angel Terry Domech Angel Terry Domech ... Self
Ibrahim Ferrer ... Self
Ibrahim Ferrer Jr. Ibrahim Ferrer Jr. ... Self
Manuel Galbán Manuel Galbán ... Self - Musician
Hugo Garzón Hugo Garzón ... Self
Carlos Gonzalez Carlos Gonzalez ... Self
Juan de Marcos González Juan de Marcos González ... Self
Rubén González Rubén González ... Self
Pío Leyva Pío Leyva ... Self
Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea ... Self
Orlando 'Cachaíto' López ... Self
Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal ... Self
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The bulk of this film was shot with available light. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.43 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanchullo
Written by Cachao (as Israel López)
Licensed by Peer Musikverlag GmbH
See more »

User Reviews

 
Wonderful Music
25 September 2005 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

When I rented Buena Vista Social Club I didn't have any appreciation for the type of music played by the Club; I still don't know what it's called. I rented the movie because I'm a Ry Cooder fan, and have seen some Wim Wenders' movies I liked. I wasn't expecting much, but the result is that I've just seen one of the best documentaries in my life. The premise is very simple, it's all about the old musicians and the wonderful music they make. You get to visit their modest homes, hang out in their neighborhoods, and listen to their music. Nothing more than that, but done so well, so effortlessly, you wish you could step through the screen and join them. I would recommend this film to anyone.


22 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,370, 6 June 1999

Gross USA:

$7,002,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,141,199
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed