The Mambo Kings


(out of 5)

Sturdy, enjoyable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is best remembered for its introducing sexy Spanish heartthrob to English-speaking cinema. He and  play Cuban musicians living in Miami whose various life experiences lead them through various volatile relationships and eventually to their big break playing their tunes on I Love Lucy.  Banderas, who had to learn his lines phonetically due to his still-primitive English, is excellent as the softer, younger sibling, while Assante’s strong presence lends considerable believability to his portrayal of the older, more brutish brother. Also starring and featuring cameos by Latin superstars  and , this solid drama is further accentuated by the excellent theme song ‘Beautiful Maria Of My Soul’.

Alcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros.

France/USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Arne Glimcher,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1992

Golden Globe Awards 1992


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