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The Mambo Kings (1992)

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Two Cuban brothers bring a new music to the 1950s USA. They are as different as the problems that await them.

Director:

Arne Glimcher

Writers:

Oscar Hijuelos (novel), Cynthia Cidre (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Calogero Pablo Calogero ... Ramon - The Mambo Kings Band
Scott Cohen ... Bernardito - The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo Mario Grillo ... Mario - The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry Ralph Irizarry ... Pito - The Mambo Kings Band
Pete Macnamara ... Johnny Bing - The Mambo Kings Band
James Medina James Medina ... Manny - The Mambo Kings Band (as Jimmy Medina)
Marcos Quintanilla Marcos Quintanilla ... Willie - The Mambo Kings Band
J.T. Taylor ... Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Xavier - The Mambo Kings Band
Yul Vazquez ... Flaco - The Mambo Kings Band
Armand Assante ... Cesar Castillo
Antonio Banderas ... Nestor Castillo
Cathy Moriarty ... Lanna Lake
Maruschka Detmers ... Delores Fuentes
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Desi Arnaz Sr.
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Storyline

Musician brothers Cesar and Nestor leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene. Cesar is the older brother, the business manager, and the ladies' man. Nestor is the brooding songwriter, who cannot forget the woman in Cuba who broke his heart. Written by Dehlia

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Taglines:

With a suitcase full of song, Hearts filled with passion, two brothers come to America in search of a dream.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mambo Kings See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$319,793, 1 March 1992

Gross USA:

$6,742,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,742,168
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (flashback scene to childhood)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Warner Bros. wanted Jeremy Irons and Ray Liotta for the roles of Cesar and Nestor. Irons screen tested with Antonio Banderas. But Arne Glimcher fought for Armand Assante and Banderas whom he felt were perfect for the roles. See more »

Goofs

When the Castillo brothers first approach New York City in the early 1950s, you can see the World Trade Center towers in the skyline. The towers weren't built until the early 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Cesar Castillo: In the name of the Mambo, the Rumba, and the Cha cha cha.
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Connections

Referenced in Fatal Instinct (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Joe Loco
Courtesy of Tico Records - Sonica Inc.
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Bandera's & Assante's finest performances
17 January 1999 | by barettaSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time favorite films and i'm not ashamed to say that i shed a tear or two every time i watch this film especially near the end when cesar(ARMAND ASSANTE) is in the club and they start to play the song "beautiful maria of my soul" and he starts to think about his brother nestor(ANTONIO BANDERAS) and all the good times they had, very touching scene. The music is equally great in the film. The mambo of the 50's that came out of cuba sounds and is played well. The "clubbin feel" to it is also portrayed wonderfully, work on the weekdays and when the weekend comes it's time to head to the clubs to dance or play music. A film that i dont consider a musical in my opinion but has music in it as backgroung to a great drama between to brothers and their dreams. A great film 9 out of 10.


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