The Mambo Kings

1992 R 1h 46m DVD

The Mambo Kings

1992 R 1h 46m DVD
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Musician brothers Cesar (Armand Assante) and Nestor (Antonio Banderas) Castillo flee Havana in the 1950s with hopes of making it big, but a secret Cesar hoped would stay in Cuba threatens to tear the Mambo Kings apart. Once in New York, the Castillos play the hottest clubs and find gorgeous women, but Nestor can't forget his beautiful Maria. The film is based on Oscar Hijuelos's Pulitzer Prize-winning book &NFi;The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love&NFi_;.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

Several scenes of passionate lovemaking with total nudity; one scene with partial nudity.


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.


Minor cursing on a few occasions: "son-of-a-bitch," "ass," "whore," "hell."

Social Behavior

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.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking and drinking throughout; lead character is drunk in a number of scenes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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