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Ruben Blades stars in this low-budget independent salsa musical (filmed in Spanish Harlem at a cost of $600,000), chronicling the rise and fall of a salsa artist who wants to hit the big time. Blades plays Rudy Veloz, a salsa musician who grabs one-night gigs in Latino nightclubs. He idolizes Julio Iglesias and dreams of putting together a band that will incorporate a blend of musical styles so that Rudy can crossover to mainstream commercial success. However, he is warned by his mentor, Cheo Babalu (Virgilio Marti), that his music is garbage and that he should write from the soul. Rudy ignores him, pursuing his passion for middle-of-the-road success. Rudy is noticed at a concert by a record producer, who puts out a successful single of one of Rudy's tunes. The success of the single goes to Rudy's head, and he walks out on his loyal girlfriend Liz (Elizabeth Pena) and drops his long-time manager, Ray (Frank Robles). But Rudy can't match his hit single with another crossover tune and his producer drops him. Without support of the producer or his friends, Rudy falls back into obscurity. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Rubén Blades Best Actor 1985 Nominee

Cast

Rubén Blades
as Rudy Veloz
Shawn Elliott
as Orlando
Tom Signorelli
as Lou Rose
Elizabeth Peña
as Liz Garcia
Frank Robles
as Ray Soto
Joel Diamond
as Neil Silver
Amanda Barber
as Radio D.J.
Alex Bart
as Diner Punk
Peter Bogyo
as Rudy's Rental Agent
Phil Capotosta
as Diner Assistant
Cathy Carlin
as American Photographer
Lori Carson
as Sherry
Eddie Chea
as Diner Punk
Jon Fausty
as Studio Engineer
Deborra-Lee Furness
as Statue of Liberty
Neil Gold
as Makeup Man
Ofelia Gonzalez
as Ruby's Neighbor
Carlos Linares
as Store Clerk
Dante Medina
as Latin Club MC
Mario Pena
as Liz's Father
Jessie Ramirez
as Club Bartender
Marco Rizo
as Pianist at Funeral
Arlene Roman
as Liz's Friend
Ray Romero
Claudia Sherman
as Girl in Diner
Art Vasil
as Diner Owner
Lorena Velazquez
as Latin Club Groupie
Izzy Zanabria
Gloria Zelaya
as Store Customer
Natalie Gentry
as Lawyer
John Hammil
as Joe, Liz's Husband
Virgilio Marti
as Cheo Babalu
Marco Rizo
as Pianist at Funeral
Arlene Roman
as Liz's Friend
Neil Gold
as Makeup Man
Eddie Chea
as Diner Punk
Phil Capotosta
as Diner Assistant
Deborra-Lee Furness
as Statue of Liberty
Lori Carson
as Sherry
John Hammil
as Joe, Liz's Husband
Claudia Sherman
as Girl in Diner
Cathy Carlin
as American Photographer
Peter Bogyo
as Rudy's Rental Agent
Art Vasil
as Diner Owner
Natalie Gentry
as Lawyer
Lorena Velazquez
as Latin Club Groupie
Gloria Zelaya
as Store Customer
Jessie Ramirez
as Club Bartender
Mario Pena
as Liz's Father
Carlos Linares
as Store Clerk
Ofelia Gonzalez
as Ruby's Neighbor
Jon Fausty
as Studio Engineer
Amanda Barber
as Radio D.J.
Dante Medina
as Latin Club MC
Alex Bart
as Diner Punk

Crew

Leon Ichaso
Director
Manuel Arce
Producer
Manuel Arce
Screenwriter
Leon Ichaso
Screenwriter
Rubén Blades
Screenwriter
Claudio Chea
Cinematographer
Mauricio Smith
Composer (Music Score)
Gary Karr
Editor
Octavio Soler
Production Designer
Richard Karnbach
Art Director
Claudio Chea
Associate Producer
Octavio Soler
Associate Producer
Carl Haber
Associate Producer
Susan Rollins
Executive Producer
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