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Chico & Rita (2010)

Not Rated | | Animation, Crime, Drama | 19 November 2010 (UK)
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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Limara Meneses ... Rita (voice)
Eman Xor Oña Eman Xor Oña ... Chico (voice)
Mario Guerra Mario Guerra ... Ramón (voice)
Jon Adams Jon Adams ... (voice)
Renny Arozarena Renny Arozarena ... (voice)
Blanca Rosa Blanco Blanca Rosa Blanco ... (voice)
Jackie de la Nuez Jackie de la Nuez ... (voice) (as Jakie de la Nuez)
Rigoberto Ferrera Rigoberto Ferrera ... (voice)
Ken Forman ... (voice)
Ray Gillon Ray Gillon ... (voice)
Steve Harper ... (voice) (as Michael Harper)
Lenny Mandel ... Ron (voice)
Jorge Ryan Jorge Ryan ... (voice)
Claudia Valdes Claudia Valdes ... (voice) (as Claudia Valdés)
Claudia Valdés Claudia Valdés ... (voice)
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Storyline

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

piano player | piano | singer | cuba | love | See All (64) »

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Beautiful, Seductive and Spellbinding. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | UK

Language:

Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

19 November 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chico i Rita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£81,172 (United Kingdom), 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,654, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$350,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,347,919
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chano Pozo (real name: Luciano Pozo González) was a real-life Cuban musician who emigrated to New York. He was murdered in December, 1948, in the El Rio Bar in Harlem, in a dispute over a marijuana deal, as depicted in the film. See more »

Goofs

The poster for "Vertigo" in Paris has "D'entre Nos Mortes" on it rather than "Morts". This is the title of the source novel, sometimes featured on the poster in France, but the title was "Sueurs Froides". See more »

Quotes

Chico: You look like a Yankee!
Rita: But i still like kidney beans...
Chico: I've seen you in magazines. You're headed for Hollywood, right? Aren't you tired of playing Miss Charming?
Rita: Don't you like me sitting by your side, eating kidney beans?
Chico: I like it so much, it frightens me...
Rita: What are you frightened of?
Chico: Same thing as you...
Rita: Why should i be frightened?
Chico: Of listening to your heart for once. Of leaving your cage and not finding your way back.
Rita: You really believe that?
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Crazy Credits

A Bebo. See more »

Connections

References Gilda (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

El manisero
Written by Moïse Simons
Performed by Chico & Rita New York Band
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Lovely
29 January 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The second foreign nominee for the Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature in 2011, there has actually been buzz about this one since last year's Oscars (it debuted at Telluride in 2010 and also played at Toronto, but is not seeing a commercial release in the U.S. until February of 2012; it already saw a release in most European countries in late 2010 or 2011). That buzz is, thankfully, quite deserved, because this one is just wonderful. A simple story, sure, but a touching one about a young man and woman in Havana who begin a romance in 1948. They are musicians and get together through their art, but unfortunately petty jealousies keep getting in the way of their love. After initial success, Rita is swept off to New York City to become famous without Chico. He follows a few years later and finds his own fame, but the two seem destined to remain separate. The animation, like the story, is quite simple but really beautiful. It kind of reminds me of Waltz with Bashir, although it's not rotoscoped - at least not as extensively as Waltz with Bashir was. Rita, I must say, is the sexiest animated character since Jessica Rabbit - and she's not nearly so shy. It's kind of funny, but on account of this film, the Best Animated Feature category has far more nudity in it than all nine of the Best Picture nominees. Of course, as the characters are Cuban musicians, there's a ton of wonderful music throughout. I found the film deeply touching, and it brought me to tears at the end. This is far and away the best film among the four I've seen in its Oscar category this year (and I somehow doubt that Puss in Boots will eventually blow it out of the water!). Highly recommended.


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