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El Benny (2006)

Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'. In flashback we learn of ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rakel Adriana Rakel Adriana ... Doñita
Ulyk Anello Ulyk Anello ... Duany
Renny Arozarena Renny Arozarena ... Benny Moré
Laura De la Uz Laura De la Uz ... Irene
Husmell Díaz Husmell Díaz ... Arnulfo
Jorge Fedecaz Jorge Fedecaz ... Olegario
Carlos Ever Fonseca Carlos Ever Fonseca ... Angeluis
Serafín García Aguilar Serafín García Aguilar ... Gutiérrez
Mario Guerra Mario Guerra ... Monchy
Bárbara Hernández Bárbara Hernández ... Lydia
Carlos Massola Carlos Massola ... León Arévalo
Mayra Mazorra Mayra Mazorra ... Mamá de Beny
Limara Meneses ... Aida
Enrique Molina Enrique Molina ... Olimpio
Marcela Morales Marcela Morales ... Natalia
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Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'. In flashback we learn of his success in Mexico. Moré is caught in the events connected to Batista's coup in Cuba. Also, he tours Venezuela, where he suffers the machinations of a vengeful businessman. After collapsing and being hospitalised, Moré swears off alcohol. Some years later, he encounters his old band-mate Monchy, fallen on hard times. Written by BeardoUK

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Drama | Musical

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Country:

Cuba

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

27 July 2006 (Cuba) See more »

Also Known As:

Divina desmesura See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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2.35 : 1
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When the Orishas recorded their version of the song "Soy Guajiro" it was intended for inclusion only in the CD of the soundtrack - as a bonus - not within the film. However, once he heard it, the director decided to include it over the closing titles. See more »

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Soy Guajiro
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Music And Politics Make For Strange Bedfellows
2 October 2008 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

I recently had the window of opportunity to see at least three quarters of this fine,but somewhat flawed film biography on Cuba's beloved singer,Benny More, who wowed audiences in not just Cuba,but Mexico & most of South America too. The story spans More's career from the mid 1940's, until his untimely death in the early 1960's at the age of 44 from complications brought on from his chronic alcoholism. The film also acts as a time line for some of Cuba's social history from the mid 1940's,onwards to the early 60's. The films musical soundtrack is studded with Cuba's vibrant musical scene from that era. The screenplay seems to be a bit scatter shot & fragmented at times (although anyone with a good handle on Cuba's social/political history of that era could easily wade through the quagmire that most of us Americans could only guess to). Sadly, as there is no North American distribution of this film, the screening was limited to a DVD copy that developed some serious technical glitches in the last half hour of the film (resulting in the screening being abandoned for the evening). Hopefully, some distributor with brains will pick up on this flawed gem & either give it a proper distribution in 35mm (with readable English subtitles,as it's spoken entirely in Spanish),or on DVD. As there is no MPAA rating, it contains some rough language,sexual situations & some rather unpleasant alcohol abuse scenes.


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