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The Mambo Kings A.k.a. The Last Stand of Armand Assante. Seriously, where has this guy been? (Judge Dredd?) The film (based on Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize...The Mambo KingsMusical, DramaPT104MR A.k.a. The Last Stand of Armand Assante. Seriously, where has this guy been? (Judge Dredd?) The film (based on Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize...2005-08-16Scott CohenDesi Arnaz Jr.Tito PuenteScott Cohen, Desi Arnaz Jr., Tito PuenteWarner Bros.
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The Mambo Kings

Genre: Musical, Drama; Starring: Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Scott Cohen, Desi Arnaz Jr., Tito Puente; Director: Arne Glimcher; Author: Cynthia Cidre; Runtime (in minutes): 104; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.

A.k.a. The Last Stand of Armand Assante. Seriously, where has this guy been? (Judge Dredd?) The film (based on Oscar Hijuelos’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel), about musician brothers who leave Cuba to become mambo stars in 1950s Manhattan, was Assante’s last major film work. And what a performance he gives — it’s smoldering, it’s sexy, it’s…Latin (in actuality, he’s Irish-Italian). Alongside the over-the-top Assante is a baby-faced Banderas, giving his first performance in English (speaking his lines phonetically!). EXTRAS A dated making-of featurette, a lone restored scene that explains what happened to Cathy Moriarty’s character, and director Arne Glimcher’s saliva-encumbered commentary — from which we do learn that the studio, originally hesitant to release a Latin film, wanted to cast Jeremy Irons and Ray Liotta in the leads. ¡Qué no!

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