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El Cantante
- Jennifer Lopez

Overview - Based on the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, director Leon Ichaso's EL CANTANTE, follows the beloved Puerto Rican performer (played by Marc Anthony) as he moves to New York City, and rises through the Bronx's vibrant Latin music scene during the 1960s and '70s.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, director Leon Ichaso's EL CANTANTE, follows the beloved Puerto Rican performer (played by Marc Anthony) as he moves to New York City, and rises through the Bronx's vibrant Latin music scene during the 1960s and '70s. Singing with popular trombonist/bandleader Willie Colon (John Ortiz), Lavoe goes on to a successful solo career, but along the way, he becomes a drug addict, sabotaging not only his music, but his relationship with Puchi (a.k.a. Nilda Roman, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez). Helmed by Ichaso (PINERO) with documentary-like realism, and carried by Anthony, who bears a striking (albeit thinner) resemblance to Lavoe, EL CANTANTE thoughtfully depicts the rise and fall of a remarkably talented vocalist unable to shake debilitating addiction. Husband and wife in real life, Anthony and Lopez reveal a convincing chemistry, and the movie bolsters the Puchi role to give J. Lo more screen time, an aesthetic decision than allows her gentle-yet-determined presence to play off of Anthony's troubled Lavoe. While off-stage drama receives its share of attention in EL CANTANTE, the film also wisely shines the spotlight on Lavoe's charismatic performances, which are captured with grace and gusto by Anthony, a beloved singer in his own right. For fans of Lavoe, Anthony, and Lopez, this labor-of-love project is a must-see biopic that depicts the joy of Latin music against an otherwise difficult backdrop.

Cast List

Jennifer Lopez - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
Jennifer Lynn Lopez - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
J.Lo - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
La Lopez - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
Lola - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
Marcus Collins - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Edwin Rivera - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Marc Anthony - Puerto Rican singer, actor, EL CANTANTE
Tony Devon - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Melissa Gonzalez - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Leon Ichaso - Film/TV Director
Sharon Lomofsky - Production Designer
David Maldonado - Producer, EL CANTANTE
Federico Castelluccio - Actor, MADE (2001)
Vincent Laresca - Actor/"Juice"
Todd Anthony Bello - Screenwriter, EL CANTANTE
David Darmstaeder - Screenwriter, EL CANTANTE
Bernard Hernandez - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Antone Pagan - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Simon Fields - FILM/VIDEO PRODUCER
Andres Levin - Composer, LADRON QUE ROBA A LADRON
Romi Dias - Actor in EL CANTANTE
John Ortiz
Jared Everleth - Child Actor in EL CANTANTE
Nelson Vasquez - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Jerry Perez - Actor/Dancer in EL CANTANTE
Claudio Chea
Julio Caro - THE CELL
Christopher Becerra - Actor in EL CANTANTE
Jack Mulcahy - Actor/"Brothers Mcmullen"
Andrea Navedo - actress
Manny Perez - Actor, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (2003)
Jorge Pupo
Sandra Hernandez - Costume Designer, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS (2006)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 116
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043110825
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality)
  • Release Date: March 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Romance
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
Latin Music
Music
Drug Addiction
Singers
1970s
Musicians
Heroines
Salsa

 
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Reviews:
"[The] music is a complex and captivating form of drama in its own right....Ms. Lopez brings a lot of fight to her performance." - 08/03/2007 New York Times, p.E5


"Anthony does a convincing turn as the charismatic Lavoe, poetically extemporising his freeform lyrics on stage..." - 10/17/2008 Sight and Sound, p.53

 
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