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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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Storyline

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

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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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Trivia

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie did in fact perform together as depicted in the film and it was Gillespie who helped Sandoval and his family defect and the adjustment to being in the United States soon after. See more »

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Fantastic Movie!!!
6 December 2001 | by CyndieSee all my reviews

I have always been an Andy Garcia Fan. The first thing I remember seeing him in was in the 1980's. I think he is a truly GREAT actor. He demonstrates a sensitivity and compassion that I have never seen duplicated by another actor.

In this movie, about his beloved Cuba, his performance is without equal. He becomes Arturo. You are there with him and his family, you begin to understand the suffering and pain the revolution brought down upon the Cuban people. It will make you love Cuba, and the Cuban people, even as you hate the regime that destroyed their way of life. In my opinion, this is a MUST see movie. I gave it a 10/10.


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