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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 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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the end credits, Arturo Sandoval himself is listed as having played one of the government functionaries. See more »

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Great film that is overlooked
27 February 2005 | by jgrossniSee all my reviews

Arturo Sandoval is one of the most phenomenal trumpet players the world has in existence today. The story of his love, his passion, and his music are all colorfully depicted in the film. As a musician and jazz connoisseur myself, I feel that Garcia's portrayal of the anguish Sandoval experienced under Castro's regime is excellent. As he reveals his motives for defection to the American ambassador, there is a sense of unspoken understanding as to the reasons that Sandoval decides to defect.

If you walk away from this movie without any emotion, you just didn't get it. Go out and listen to as much jazz as possible!


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