Mambo Kings

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German title Mambo Kings
Original title The Mambo Kings
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1992
length 104 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Arne Glimcher
script Cynthia Cider
production Arne Glimcher , Arnon Milchan , Steven Reuther
music Carlos Franzetti , Robert Kraft
camera Michael Ballhaus
cut Claire Simpson

Mambo Kings (The Mambo Kings) is an American musical film directed by Arne Glimcher from 1992 . Cynthia Cidre wrote the screenplay based on a novel by Oscar Hijuelos .


The Cuban brothers César (played by Armand Assante ) and Nestor ( Antonio Banderas ) Castillo come into conflict with club owners involved in organized crime in Havana in the 1950s . They flee to the United States, where they hope for a career as a musician. In New York they initially work as a butcher.

The brothers appear alongside Tito Puente . However, César repeatedly proves to be unwilling to compromise, which prevents the brothers from achieving their goal. Nestor marries Delores Fuentes ( Maruschka Detmers ).

The brothers separate and just as they are about to be reconciled, Nestor dies in a car accident. Shaken by this, César finally made Nestor's old dream come true and opened his own club. One can assume that Delores and César will soon get closer, because subliminally they always had feelings for each other.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of March 13, 1992 that the story told was old. However, the film has so much “ energy ”, “ passion ” and “ vitality ” that it looks like new. The viewer knows from the start that he will not be surprised, but also that he “ probably ” will not be bored. The script reveals narrative weaknesses.


The song Beautiful Maria of My Soul , arranged by Ray Santos , was nominated for Best Song for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award in 1993. In addition to the composition Mambo Caliente, the song was also nominated at the Grammys in the same year . Antonio Banderas was nominated in 1993 for the Fotogramas de Plata and for the Spanish Edición Premios Unión de Actores .


The film grossed an estimated $ 6.7 million in US cinemas .


  1. ^ Review by Roger Ebert, accessed on August 19, 2007
  2. ^ Box office / business for The Mambo Kings, accessed August 19, 2007

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