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For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)

Story of the world-renowned trumpet player.


Joseph Sargent
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Arturo Sandoval
Mía Maestro ... Marianela
Gloria Estefan ... Emilia
David Paymer ... Embassy interviewer
Charles S. Dutton ... Dizzy Gillespie
Tomas Milian ... Sosa
Freddy Rodríguez ... Leonel Sandoval
Andhy Méndez ... Young Leonel
Felix David Manrique Felix David Manrique ... Turi
José Zúñiga ... Paquito D'Rivera
Fernanda Andrade ... Paloma
William Marquez William Marquez ... Arturo Sr.
Steven Bauer ... Angel
Fionnula Flanagan ... Sally Lewis
Michael O'Hagan Michael O'Hagan ... Johnny Lewis


In this movie based on a true story, Arturo Sandoval is a phenomenal trumpet player, but he faces a major obstacle in pursuing his art: Jazz is illegal in his homeland, Cuba, where only state-sanctioned music can be played. Yearning to escape the repression and censorship of the Castro regime, Sandoval knows the only way he will be able to fulfill his passion will be to flee to the United States. However, he has fallen in love with Marianela, a dedicated communist. Written by Jwelch5742

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She was his love. Music was his passion. Freedom was his dream.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Singer Gloria Estefan, who plays Mia Maestro's friend in the film, has in real life had Arturo Sandoval play on some of her albums. See more »


Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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A man of Courage
10 March 2005 | by leftyguns2See all my reviews

As a Cuban-American the Arturo Sandoval story as portrayed in this film was truly a moving experience.

This film " For Love or Country" is the life-story of Arturo Sandoval he's a Cuban trumpet player who loves his country but questions the repressive communist dictatorship. because of the fact that he is a great trumpeter he's allowed some privileges, and it's through these perks that he meets the great jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie. He and Gillespie form a bond that is apparent through the film. Their friendship also make for much needed comic relief , something essential when dealing with such subject matter. Gillespie's antics a truly unique., and It is through this friendship that the wheels are set in motion for Sandoval's defection.

Sandoval knows that his wife and child would immediately be targeted by the communist authorities in Cuba, should he follow through with his defection. He's a brave man who faced with a serious decision, takes courageous steps ., and with the help of Gillespie , arranges to defect. Problem is that will his family be able to join him in exile. That is the main plot of the film . How can he escape Cuba, and have his family join him.

This is one of Andy Garcia' so best acting roles. He conveys to the world the ugly reality of the Cuban experience in our search for freedom.

This film truly is among the best I've seen.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havana Nocturne See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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