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Guava Island (2019)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 13 April 2019 (USA)
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A young musician seeks to hold a festival to liberate the oppressed people of Guava Island, even if only for a day.

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Hiro Murai

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Donald Glover (story by), Stephen Glover (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Glover ... Deni Maroon
Rihanna ... Kofi Novia
Letitia Wright ... Yara Love
Nonso Anozie ... Red Cargo
Alan Jael Velázquez Abreu Alan Jael Velázquez Abreu ... Kito
Renny Arozarena Renny Arozarena ... Butcher
Betiza Bistmark Calderón Betiza Bistmark Calderón ... Emani Dune
Michael Ricardo Crespo Cardenas Michael Ricardo Crespo Cardenas ... Deni's Assassin
Barbara Janet Martinez Barbara Janet Martinez ... Shopkeeper Woman
Ayensi Amilgar Jardines Delgado Ayensi Amilgar Jardines Delgado ... Dodo
Pedro Julio Diaz Pedro Julio Diaz ... Deni's Neighbor
Pedro Julio Díaz Ferran Pedro Julio Díaz Ferran ... Deni's Neighbor
Adrián Cisneros Flores Adrián Cisneros Flores ... Fish Seller
Talia Gómez Talia Gómez ... Red's Secretary
Victor Manuel Correa Magueira Victor Manuel Correa Magueira ... Red's Chauffeur
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Storyline

Small time musician Deni Maroon and his loving girlfriend, Kofi Novia, live on a beautiful but impoverished small tropical island called Guava Island that's controlled by a brutal paramilitary group, Red Cargo. The island's main resource is a beautiful, expensive, blue silk produced by a silkworm unique to the island, but the island's textile industry and export is controlled by the paramilitary group and the islanders are forced to work for them every day of the week - the women at the textile factory, and the men at the shipping docks. One day, Deni, who works part time at the docks and part time as the local radio station's house musician whose passionate music is extremely popular among the islanders, decides to hold a secret concert in the evening to make everyone happy, if only for a day. However, the leader of Red Cargo, who also controls the textile industry and export, warns Deni not to do it or the islanders will be too tired to come to work the day after the concert and he ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guava Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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New Regency Pictures See more »
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Trivia

Premiered after Childish Gambino's April 12th, 2019 Coachella set on Amazon Prime See more »

Goofs

During the "This is America" scene, Deni Maroon is seen with a coworker at the docks. When the coworker gets on the payphone, there are no dancers in the background. Then they appear, disappear, and reappear again behind Deni. See more »

Quotes

Red Cargo: So, you play the guitar?
Deni Maroon: I like to think I do a little more than that.
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Soundtracks

Red's Cargo
Written by Donald Glover
Performed by Donald Glover and Ernesto Gómez (as Ernesto Gomez)
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This is Guava Island!
13 April 2019 | by AhmedSpielberg99See all my reviews

It's unfortunate that all the creativity ran out of steam just when the main plot kicked off, because all the familiarity could have been easily unfelt with a bit of the imagination Hiro Murai embellished the first act with; the animated intro sequence is a case in point. Nevertheless, almost everything else in this little movie is amazing; Donald Glover's vibrant performance, and his electrifying songs, Rihanna's charisma and lovely narration voice-over, Letitia Wright's appeal (her character is completely unnecessary, though), the lively and colourful cinematography that made the titular island anything but fictional place, just to name a few!

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