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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie stays true to the Latin-American "macho" culture of the 1950s. The honorable heroes make a sincere effort to keep their distance from gangsters who have a chokehold on the New York nightclubs. Women are seen as little more than objects of desire in most instances.
Violence & Scariness
Man is attacked with knife, his throat is cut; he's bloodied but survives. Girl punches obnoxious customer. Shooting, knifing in a nightclub. Deadly car accident.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several scenes of passionate lovemaking with total nudity; one scene with partial nudity.
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Minor cursing on a few occasions: "son-of-a-bitch," "ass," "whore," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking throughout; lead character is drunk in a number of scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are several scenes of explicit sexuality with total nudity, and other incidents with partial nudity. Characters smoke and drink throughout, with one character drinking to excess on a number of occasions. One volatile brother is the victim of a knife-wielding villain who, in a close shot, cuts his throat and leaves him for dead. Other violent moments include a nightclub shooting and a fatal car accident. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The music is soulful and vibrant. The throbbing heart of the Latin culture in 1950s New York permeates every scene in this uniquely colorful, beautifully photographed and designed movie. The tale, however, is familiar. Gifted, but self-destructive artists with dreams of greatness let their fragile spirits defeat them. And there's nothing subtle about this film, even when the story calls for it. While Banderas makes a dazzling American debut, Assante's performance, along with a number of other actors, is obvious and over the top.
Still, the movie is worth seeing for the music, the dancing, and the heartfelt attempt to recreate an authentic picture of this transplanted Cuban culture.
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