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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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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for love or country
10 October 2006 | by nbhatti3000See all my reviews

Our fasting is going I watch movie after praying today when I switched on the TV I saw title of movie the name of movie was FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY. FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY is based on the true story of Arturo Sandoval who finally cooperates with the Cuban government and even joins the communist party in order to have the freedom to travel internationally. He was living in a country where there was no respect for human rights, let alone freedom of expression in music.

It was very entertaining and emotional movie which kept me sit strongly on the seat I couldn't move until the end of this movie. In the movie it showed an oppressive regime under a dictator can tear families apart and ban the right of human being and ban artistic creativity and force a man to flee his country, a very poignant experience about the human condition and the importance of freedom and democracy. All cast were marvelous, and what more can you say about Andy Garcia this actor is truly gifted and outstanding, Arturo Sandoval plays and Andy captures his every nuance of musical genius, plus he showed us the artists soul and his heartbreaking choice of For Love of Country. Marianela represents family loyalty and the way people who live in Cuba really think. It shows how Marianela goes from being completely loyal to a dictator to having her eyes opened to the reality of the situation. She falls completely in love with this talented musician but fears he may leave her like her first husband. Arturo has also been married before and while he is willing to spend his entire life with Marianela, she has her doubts and issues with trust. She has been betrayed by the government she supported.

-Marianela she is very beautiful actress she performed great her character.

This movie is at times so romantic. Especially the scene where Marianela and Arturo are dancing and when she wakes him up after he spends the night sleeping on a grave. The scene overlooking the ocean is so pristine.

After performing with the Cuban Orchestra of Modern Music, he was allowed to start a group called Irakere that promoted a combination of Cuban music and jazz. In 1981 he then leaves Irakere to form his own band Nasir Bhatti From Pakistan City Karachi nbhatti3000@yahoo.com nbhatti3000@hotmail.com


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