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

Story of the world-renowned trumpet player.

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

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Cast

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 ... Johnny Lewis
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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.

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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havana Nocturne See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Arturo Sandoval also wrote the original score to this film. See more »

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Solid entertainment and a must see for jazz lovers.
18 November 2000 | by =G=See all my reviews

A romanticized dramatic biography, "For Love or County" tells the true story of trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval's escape from Cuba and oppression of artistic expression. A well composed and entertaining production, this film packs ideological and political conflict, a love story, and plenty of authentic Sandoval music into a two hour run. Perhaps most importantly, the film makes clear that freedom of musical expression is, to the musician, as important as freedom of speech; especially when that music is jazz.


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