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Releases June 11, 2021
The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.


Jon M. Chu


Quiara Alegría Hudes (screenplay by), Quiara Alegría Hudes (based on the musical stage play, book by) | 1 more credit »
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Status: Completed | See complete list of  »
Updated: 16 April 2021
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Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Stephanie Beatriz ... Carla
Ariana Greenblatt ... Young Nina
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Piragua Guy
Anthony Ramos ... Usnavi de la Vega
Melissa Barrera ... Vanessa
Jimmy Smits ... Kevin Rosario
Corey Hawkins ... Benny
Chris Jackson
Dascha Polanco ... Cuca
Leslie Grace ... Nina
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Daniela
Marc Anthony
Alex Wong ... Dancer
Susan Pourfar Susan Pourfar ... Hannah Hathaway
Olga Merediz ... Abuela Claudia


In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi's, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. Written by

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive references

Did You Know?


Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the book of the original musical, also wrote this movie's screenplay. Both Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who wrote the music and lyrics) have separately won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Hudes in 2012 for her play Water by the Spoonful and Miranda in 2016 for the musical Hamilton. They were joint finalists in 2009 for In the Heights but lost to Ruined by Lynn Nottage. See more »


Featured in The 93rd Oscars (2021) See more »


Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Performed by Leslie Grace featuring Rubén Blades & Doreen Montalvo
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English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 June 2021 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | IMAX 6-Track



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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