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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. Cynthia Cidre wrote the literate screenplay adapted from Oscar Hijuelos's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Cesar (Armand Assante) and Nestor Castillo (Antonio Banderas) 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 (Cathy Moriarty), and Nestor with the beautiful Delores Fuentes (Maruschka Detmers), 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 Maruschka Detmers. 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
Ahn Duong
as Ismelda Perez
Billy Hopkins
Diane Manzo
as Amanda
Debra Scott
as Enchantment
Suzanne Smith
William Thomas
as Xavier
Pablo Calogero
as Ramon, The Mambo Kings Band
Scott Cohen
as Bernardito, The Mambo Kings Band
Mario Grillo
as Mario, The Mambo Kings Band
Ralph Irizarry
as Pito, The Mambo Kings Band
Pete MacNamara
as Johnny Bing, The Mambo Kings Band
Marcos Quintanilla
as Willie, The Mambo Kings Band
Tito Puente
as Himself
Yul Vázquez
as Flaco, The Mambo Kings Band
Cordelia Gonzalez
as Anna Maria
Helena Carroll
as Mrs. Shannon
Colleen Fitzpatrick
as Redhead on Bus
Joe Conzo
as Killer
Doug Barron
as Mike Wells
Jose Alberto
as Johnny Casanova
Frank Grillo
as Machito
Ron Thompson
as Empire MC
June Brown
as Portly Woman
Valerie McIntosh
as Tracy Blair
Jonathan Del Arco
as Young Cesar
Salvador Miranda
as Young Nestor
Carlos Gomez
as Creep
Adrian Martinez
as Pablito
Rene Monteaqudo
as Robertico
Thomas F. Duffy
as Mulligan
Martin Charles Warner
as Mac
Jocelyn O'Brien
as Gina
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Secretary
Stephanie Blake
as Stripper
Anita Banderas
as Anita
Ryan Howell
as Kid with Basketball
Dawn McKinster
as Poolside Patron
Karen Assante
as Karen
Julie Pinson
as 2nd Girlfriend
Susie Stillwell
as Club Patron
Maiquel Saurez
as Cleaning Woman
Natalie Zimmerman
as 3rd Girlfriend
James Medina
as Manny - The Mambo Kings Band
Julie Pinson
as 2nd Girlfriend
Karen Assante
as Karen
Jose Alberto
as Johnny Casanova
Adrian Martinez
as Pablito
Ralph Irizarry
as Pito, The Mambo Kings Band
Pete MacNamara
as Johnny Bing, The Mambo Kings Band
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Secretary
Marcos Quintanilla
as Willie, The Mambo Kings Band
Diane Manzo
as Amanda
Ahn Duong
as Ismelda Perez
Helena Carroll
as Mrs. Shannon
Colleen Fitzpatrick
as Redhead on Bus
Natalie Zimmerman
as 3rd Girlfriend
Debra Scott
as Enchantment
Ryan Howell
as Kid with Basketball
Jocelyn O'Brien
as Gina
Anita Banderas
as Anita
Cordelia Gonzalez
as Anna Maria
Frank Grillo
as Machito
Dawn McKinster
as Poolside Patron
Jose Duvall
as Nando
Ron Thompson
as Empire MC
Yul Vázquez
as Flaco, The Mambo Kings Band
Jonathan Del Arco
as Young Cesar
Stephanie Blake
as Stripper
Thomas F. Duffy
as Mulligan
Mario Grillo
as Mario, The Mambo Kings Band
Maiquel Saurez
as Cleaning Woman
Joe Conzo
as Killer
Carlos Gomez
as Creep
Scott Cohen
as Bernardito, The Mambo Kings Band
Rene Monteaqudo
as Robertico
Tito Puente
as Himself
Valerie McIntosh
as Tracy Blair
Salvador Miranda
as Young Nestor
Doug Barron
as Mike Wells
June Brown
as Portly Woman
Susie Stillwell
as Club Patron
Martin Charles Warner
as Mac
Pablo Calogero
as Ramon, The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas
as Xavier

Crew

Arnold Glimcher
Director
Arnold Glimcher
Producer
Steven E. Reuther
Producer
Arnon Milchan
Producer
Cynthia Cidre
Screenwriter
Oscar Hijuelos
Book Author
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Carlos Franzetti
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Kraft
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
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
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