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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.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Limara Meneses 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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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) »

Taglines:

Beautiful! A Swaying, Sexy, Dream Of A Movie! See more »


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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

In order to help accurately represent 1940s era Cuba, Javier Mariscal undertook an extensive research trip to Cuba and was able to view government archive photographs from 1949. See more »

Goofs

The kitchen in which Chico and Rita eat kidney-bean soup is in the United States. However, a European-style electrical outlet can be seen clearly on one of the walls. 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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A Bebo. See more »


Soundtracks

Nocturno en batanga
Written and Performed by Bebo Valdés
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Chico & Rita
27 March 2011 | by bcarlosSee all my reviews

Chico & Rita follows Chico, an old and retired Cuban pianist, as he remembers his impossible love with a jazz singer called Rita and his rise and fall as a music performer. Having taken four years to make, Chico & Rita is first and foremost visually mind-blowing. Its animation is as nothing you have seen before and the cinematography, the lights, the angles, the music, just everything related to the technical aspect of this film is absolutely perfect.

But what's best and most refreshing about this film is its old-fashioned love story. In a time where all romantic films try to be as realistic as possible, it seems unthinkable to watch a relationship like this unfold on screen. Following a bolero-like structure, the main characters fall in love as easily as they fall apart, but they never forget each other, having an outdated loyalty that is deserving of such all-time classics as Casablanca or Gone With The Wind, and ending in the brilliant and moving bittersweet final scene.

Jazz music plays a main role in the film and gets to be the third character in what we could call a love triangle between the jazz, Chico and Rita. The two title characters are extremely talented musicians that are sometimes in the position of having to choose between their lover or their musical success and fame. Real jazz performers, such as Charlie Parker or Tito Puente get enjoyable cameos in the film and, practically, all the performances in the film are very delightful and entertaining.

Although the film has some minor elements that prevents it from being a masterpiece, like the appearance near the end of Estrella Morente, they are so insignificant compared to the whole of the film that Chico & Rita is still an exceptional film appealing to an extremely large audience.

Chico & Rita is an animated old-fashioned musical romance with a highly original aesthetic, a both refreshing and outdated love story and sublime original and adapted music.

Rating: 4.5/5.


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