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Lavoe (2011)

The King Hector Lavoe (original title)
Based on the life story of the great salsa singer Hector Lavoe from Ponce Puerto.


Anthony Felton




Credited cast:
Raúl Carbonell Raúl Carbonell ... Hector Lavoe
Patricia Manterola ... Carmen
Joana Vargas ... Nilda Georgina 'Puchi' Pérez
Luis Jose Lopez ... Willie Colon
Renoly Santiago ... Johnny Pacheco
Jaime Sánchez ... Hector Maisonave
India India ... Priscilla Perez
Jesus Ruiz ... President of Panama Omar Torrijos
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amancaya Aguilar Amancaya Aguilar ... Secretary
Reynaldo Alvarado Reynaldo Alvarado ... Hector Lavoe - Teenager
Jimmy Ayala Jimmy Ayala ... Doctor
Angel Berrios Angel Berrios ... Don Luis Pérez
Oscar A. Colon Oscar A. Colon ... Riche Bonilla
Miriam Cruz Miriam Cruz ... Angie Maisonave
Ray De La Paz Ray De La Paz ... MC


Based on the life story of the great salsa singer Hector Lavoe from Ponce Puerto.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Music




Puerto Rico | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King of Salsa: The Untold Story of Hector Lavoe See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Felton Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Lavoe biopic has no narrative
30 September 2011 | by jaras71See all my reviews

The best musical partnership since Lennon and McCartney -- i.e, Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón- has yet to find a film that does them justice. "Lavoe, The Untold Story" is filled with narrative gaps and melodramatic clichés. The script has plenty of anecdotes from salsa singer Lavoe but there is no narrative link. The film fails in replicating the golden age of Fania records and the great songs by Lavoe and Colon end up as background noise for bad taste and bad acting. Raul Carbonell plays Lavoe with a melodramatic effort, lip syncing Lavoe songs, but his performance is closer to parody. This is a film to avoid.

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