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New York art dealer Arne Glimcher took his first crack at film directing with this florid, high-energy romance about two brothers who flee Cuba in the early 1950s to make it as musicians in the United States. [[Performer~P85061~Cynthia Cidre~cynthiacidre]] wrote the literate screenplay adapted from Oscar Hijuelos's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Cesar ([[Performer~P2629~Armand Assante~armandassante]]) and Nestor Castillo ([[Performer~P3682~Antonio Banderas~antoniobanderas]]) are popular musicians on Havana's club circuit, but when they make enemies of the wrong people, they are forced to leave for New York City, the moody Nestor leaving behind his true love. In New York, the brothers work as meat-cutters during the day as Cesar tries to organize a band and make inroads into the lively New York music scene. Soon, as The Mambo Kings, they get club bookings and Cesar falls in love with a sharp-tongued cigarette girl, Lanna Lake ([[Performer~P50679~Cathy Moriarty~cathymoriarty]]), and Nestor with the beautiful Delores Fuentes ([[Performer~P18782~Maruschka Detmers~maruschkadetmers]]), who wants to be a teacher. Cesar concentrates on singing and managing the band, while Nestor plays the trumpet and writes emotional songs of love. All seems to be going well until Cesar antagonizes the moneymen on the Latin nightclub circuit and they finds themselves playing bar mitzvahs. But after they're discovered by Desi Arnaz (Desi Arnaz Jr.), the group is prominently featured on [[Feature~V159382~I Love Lucy~jegelskerblat]]. Their popularity soars and they cut a successful album called "Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." Cesar is glorying in his success, but Nestor is disappointed and longs to return to Cuba. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:February 28, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Kraft Best Song 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arnold Glimcher Best Song 1992 Nominee

Cast

Armand Assante
as Cesar Castillo
Antonio Banderas
as Nestor Castillo
Cathy Moriarty
as Lanna Lake
Maruschka Detmers
as Delores Fuentes
Desi Arnaz, Jr.
as Desi Arnaz, Sr.
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Fernando Perez
Celia Cruz
as Evalina Montoya
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Miguel Montoya
Talisa Soto
as Maria Rivera
Joe Petruzzi
as Carlo Ricci
Theodora Castellanos
as Blanca
Lazaro Perez
as Pablo
Maiquel Saurez
as Cleaning Woman
Marcos Quintanilla
as Willie, The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo
as Mario, The Mambo Kings Band
Adrian Martinez
as Pablito
Natalie Zimmerman
as 3rd Girlfriend
Pablo Calogero
as Ramon, The Mambo Kings Band
Pete MacNamara
as Johnny Bing, The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry
as Pito, The Mambo Kings Band
Rene Monteaqudo
as Robertico
Salvador Miranda
as Young Nestor
Scott Cohen
as Bernardito, The Mambo Kings Band
Susie Stillwell
as Club Patron
Jonathan Del Arco
as Young Cesar
Jose Alberto
as Johnny Casanova
Jose Duvall
as Nando
Julie Pinson
as 2nd Girlfriend
June Brown
as Portly Woman
Karen Assante
as Karen
Anita Banderas
as Anita
Tito Puente
as Himself
Ahn Duong
as Ismelda Perez
Valerie McIntosh
as Tracy Blair
Helena Carroll
as Mrs. Shannon
James Medina
as Manny - The Mambo Kings Band
Jocelyn O'Brien
as Gina
Joe Conzo
as Killer
Yul Vázquez
as Flaco, The Mambo Kings Band
Carlos Gomez
as Creep
Billy Hopkins
Suzanne Smith
William Thomas
as Xavier
Stephanie Blake
as Stripper
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Secretary
Ryan Howell
as Kid with Basketball
Cordelia Gonzalez
as Anna Maria
Dawn McKinster
as Poolside Patron
Debra Scott
as Enchantment
Diane Manzo
as Amanda
Frank Grillo
as Machito
Thomas F. Duffy
as Mulligan
Colleen Fitzpatrick
as Redhead on Bus
Doug Barron
as Mike Wells
Martin Charles Warner
as Mac
Ron Thompson
as Empire MC

Crew

Arnold Glimcher
Director
Arnold Glimcher
Producer
Steven E. Reuther
Producer
Arnon Milchan
Producer
Oscar Hijuelos
Book Author
Cynthia Cidre
Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Robert Kraft
Composer (Music Score)
Carlos Franzetti
Composer (Music Score)
Claire Simpson
Editor
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
Steven A. Saklad
Art Director
Jack B. Bernstein
Co-producer
Kara Lindstrom
Set Designer
Gary Jones
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Susumu Tokunow
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Peters
Choreography
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
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