5.5/10
4,507
45 user 63 critic

El cantante (2006)

Trailer
2:21 | Trailer
The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bordertown (2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Maya Zapata
Lila & Eve (2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two distraught mothers, whose children were gunned down in a drive-by, team up to avenge their deaths after local authorities fail to take action.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Shea Whigham, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis
Angel Eyes (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A mysterious man is drawn to a feisty female police officer and a unusual relationship ensues, as not everything is as it seems.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Sisto
Selena (1997)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Jane Fonda
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A woman conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.

Director: Alan Poul
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins
Gigli (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

Larry Gigli is assigned by a crime boss to kidnap the brother of a prominent district attorney. A beautiful woman known only as Ricki is sent to stay with him to make sure he doesn't mess up the job.

Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha
Enough I (2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After running away fails, a terrified woman empowers herself in order to battle her abusive husband.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen
Jersey Girl (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A Senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite, when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A woman, separated from her unfaithful husband, falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,202,035, 5 August 2007

Gross USA:

$7,556,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,057,636
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'El Cantante' (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogaloo Blues
Written and Performed by Johnny Colon
Published by Fania Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Emusica Records, LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"El cantante" indeed !
23 August 2007 | by cristina_3108See all my reviews

Outstanding performance of Jennifer Lopez. I didn't know this side of her,as an actress with so much potential. Maybe she had to play this part to prove it.

And Marc's wasn't bad at all! He himself could be "El Cantante" for the soft and powerful voice he has.

The movie seemed to be somewhere between a musical and a drama. Jennifer made Puchi - Hector's wife so real,that she seemed to be the key of Hector's life (and I knew nothing about this salsa singer up until I saw this movie!). And Hector was the door that Puchi managed to open from time to time. I saw a great bond between those two and it came out a very good movie, worth seeing, especially if you love salsa music.

And even if you don't, you'll start loving it!


15 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed