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El cantante (2006)

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The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

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Leon Ichaso

Writers:

Leon Ichaso (screenplay), David Darmstaeder (screenplay) (as David Darmstaedter) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Anthony ... Hector Lavoe
Jennifer Lopez ... Puchi
John Ortiz ... Willie Colon
Manny Perez ... Eddie
Vincent Laresca ... Ralph
Federico Castelluccio ... Jerry Masucci
Nelson Vasquez ... Johnny Pacheco
Antone Pagán ... Papo (as Antone Pagan)
Romi Dias ... Priscilla
Jared Everleth Jared Everleth ... Tito (4 yrs.)
Bernard Hernandez Bernard Hernandez ... Tito (7 yrs.)
Christopher Becerra Christopher Becerra ... Tito (12-15 yrs.)
Andrea Navedo ... Zaida
Ismael Miranda Ismael Miranda ... Hector's Father
Tito Allen Tito Allen ... Singer
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Storyline

The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002. In the early 1960s, Héctor arrives in New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Success comes quickly. "The more he grew as an artist," Puchi says, "the more he sank as a person." It's a tale of talent - creating salsa with Willie Colón, with the Fania All Stars, and as a soloist - and a story of disintegration - fueled by drugs, alcohol, partying, and depression. Puchi's voice - proud and querulous - dominates off-stage as Héctor's does on. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on the true story of the King of Salsa, Hector Lavoe. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Killed Hector Lavoe? See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,202,035, 5 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,556,004, 30 September 2007
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2016 discussion with SAG-AFTRA Jennifer Lopez cited El Cantante as the film she is most proud of in her career. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Hector Perez signs his contract with Jerry Masucci, and is given the name Hector La Voe. Willie Colon is standing behind him. On the wall behind Willie is a framed album cover of "The Hustler", the second album they made together. At this point in the story they have not yet recorded together. See more »

Quotes

Puchi: Hector never knew how much people loved him. And that's the thing. It's like he didn't want to know.
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Connections

Referenced in Psych: Six Feet Under the Sea (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Ahi Viene
Music & Lyrics by Iris Chacón
Performed by Iris Chacón
Courtesy of Farris, Inc.
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Salsa and JLo. What's not to like?
7 May 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Salsa. The term was coined in the 1970s by young musicians like Hector Lavoe, Larry Harlow, Ray Baretto, Willie Colon, who wanted a different name for the kind of music they were playing. The term "salsa" was then popularized by Izzy Sanabria, owner of the Latin New York magazine, and Jerry Massuci, owner of Fania Records. There is a huge debate over whether "salsa" originated in Cuba or Puerto Rico. I love Afro-Cuban music, so I tend to favor Cuba, but it really doesn't matter as there are so many styles - Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, LA, New York, Columbian, Mambo.

This film is a tribute to salsa and to Hector Lavoe - The Voice. Marc Anthony does a good job of impersonating Lavoe and giving us a look into his demons - alcohol, drugs, jealous fantasy. Jennifer Lopez plays his wife, Puchi, and we see the trials and tribulations of a marriage that was shaky at best.

Enjoy the music and enjoy JLo. What more do you want?


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