Mambo Kings

The Mambo Kings

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Director: Arnold Glimcher

Cast: Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Cathy Moriarty

     
 

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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)

Overview

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 I Love Lucy. 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
UPC:
0085391230823
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Director Arne Glimcher; Behind the-scenes featurette; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English, Français & Español (Feature film only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Armand Assante Cesar Castillo
Antonio Banderas Nestor Castillo
Cathy Moriarty Lanna Lake
Maruschka Detmers Delores Fuentes
Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz, Sr.
Roscoe Lee Browne Fernando Perez
Celia Cruz Evalina Montoya
Vondie Curtis-Hall Miguel Montoya
Talisa Soto Maria Rivera
Joe Petruzzi Carlo Ricci
Theodora Castellanos Blanca
Lazaro Perez Pablo
Jose Alberto Johnny Casanova
Anita Banderas Anita
Karen Assante Karen
Doug Barron Mike Wells
Stephanie Blake Stripper
June Brown Portly Woman
Pablo Calogero Ramon, The Mambo Kings Band
Helena Carroll Mrs. Shannon
Scott Cohen Bernardito, The Mambo Kings Band
Joe Conzo Killer
Jonathan Del Arco Young Cesar
Jessica Z. Diamond Secretary
Thomas F. Duffy Mulligan
Ahn Duong Ismelda Perez
Jose Duvall Nando
Colleen Fitzpatrick Redhead on Bus
Carlos Goméz Creep
Cordelia Gonzalez Anna Maria
Frank Grillo Machito
Mario Grillo Mario, The Mambo Kings Band
John Herrera Luis Fajardo
Billy Hopkins Actor
Ryan Howell Kid with Basketball
Ralph Irizarry Pito, The Mambo Kings Band
Pete MacNamara Johnny Bing, The Mambo Kings Band
Diane Manzo Amanda
Adrian Martinez Pablito
Valerie McIntosh Tracy Blair
Dawn McKinster Poolside Patron
James Medina Manny - The Mambo Kings Band
Salvador Miranda Young Nestor
Rene Monteaqudo Robertico
Jocelyn O'Brien Gina
Jessica Neal Ortiz Leticia
Miller P. Killer's Girlfriend
Julie Pinson 2nd Girlfriend
Tito Puente Himself
Marcos Quintanilla Willie, The Mambo Kings Band
Cynthia Santos Mario's Girlfriend
Maiquel Saurez Cleaning Woman
Debra Scott Enchantment
Suzanne Smith Actor
Susie Stillwell Club Patron
J.T. Taylor Frankie Suarez, The Mambo Kings Band
William Thomas Xavier
Ron Thompson Empire MC
Yul Vázquez Flaco, The Mambo Kings Band
Martin Charles Warner Mac
Natalie Zimmerman 3rd Girlfriend

Technical Credits
Arnold Glimcher Director,Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Jack B. Bernstein Co-producer
Cynthia Cidre Screenwriter
Carlos Franzetti Score Composer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Bridget Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Kraft Score Composer
Kara Lindstrom Set Decoration/Design
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Peters Choreography
Steven E. Reuther Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Claire Simpson-Crozier Editor
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer
Oscar Hijuelos Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mambo Kings
1. For Love of Nestor [3:14]
2. New-York Bound [3:57]
3. Where to Bebut [2:05]
4. The Palladium [6:19]
5. First American Girl [2:24]
6. Maria on His Mind [1:58]
7. Arranging for An Arranger [5:28]
8. Meeting Delores [3:47]
9. Debut Night [3:22]
10. Dance Partners [5:21]
11. Much to Learn [3:11]
12. Hard Times [1:59]
13. Snapshots and Dreams [5:30]
14. Breaking Ranks; Nestor's News [2:16]
15. How Lucky You Are [2:58]
16. Marriage and Parenthood [3:18]
17. Famous Fellow Cuban [3:24]
18. An Invitation [2:42]
19. I Love Lucy [3:25]
20. Beautiful Maria of My Soul (#1) [2:55]
21. Truth About Maria [3:02]
22. Nobody Owns Nestor [1:04]
23. Getting What We Want [3:09]
24. One Night Stand [5:44]
25. Tragedy [2:35]
26. Music Within [2:52]
27. Club Habana [6:06]
28. Beautiful Maria of My Soul (#2) [3:07]
29. End Credits and Exit Music [1:59]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i rented this movie because i seen young nester yesterday who is salvador miranda he is so so fine and happends to have the same name as me but anyway the movie was great they should have given young nester a bigger part
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE, AND NEEDS TO BE ON DVD. VHS IS A THING OF THE PAST!!!