Chico & Rita

Synopsis: Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
Production: GKIDS
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Hey, Chico,

how's it going?

Hey, Rosa!

You're listening

to "Yesterday's Melodies"

And now for a song that won

the "RHC Cadena Azul" contest

sixty years ago.

"A Little Taste of Me"

by Chico and Rita.



- Make it two!

- No.

Not whiskey.

Four mojitos, you gotta see

what drinking really is!


Kiss me,

kiss me,

as if tonight

was the last time

Ok, ladies, a toast.

To us!

To us!

Time to switch partners!

Who's your hick friend?

Who him?

That's Chico. Unknown, but he's

the hottest piano player in Cuba!

Oh, really?

Time to switch partners!

Who do you think you are?

Me? I'm Chico.


- Leave me alone!

- Oh, Miss Leave-Me-Alone!

Is that the Leave-Me-Alones

from Santiago or Matanzas?

Try the Leave-Me-Alones

from Buzzoff-ville!

Some girls come from far away

just to get a little buzz.

Be my guest!

Don't let me stop you!

Nah, I like you better than that!

Right! That explains

why you're all over me.

Man, she's just what I need!

Yeah, tell me about it!

No, man, don't you get it? She's

the singer we've been looking for.

With her, we'll be shoo-ins

to win the contest.

Damn it, you're right!

- We've got to talk to her!

- I know where she hangs out!

- You know her?

- No, but I know where she goes.

Those Yank chicks wanna

head over to the Tropicana.

Woody Herman's band

is playing there.

How can I say this?

Hey guys, it's time to go!


Wow, Chico.

- Come in, the coast is clear!

- Thanks, buddy, I owe you one.

This is the performers' entrance.

- Performers...

- Thanks.

Get lost!

Good evening,

ladies and gentlemen,

dearest music-lovers.

Please excuse the delay

in tonight's main attraction

due to technical difficulties.

We hope to be with you shortly.

Meanwhile, we hope you will continue

to enjoy the tantalizing sounds of the

Tropicana Orchestra!

This is the best nightclub in Havana!

I'm sorry... sorry.

Are you following me?

Me following you?

What are you,

the Queen of Sheba?

Then why don't you leave me alone?

Because if I leave you alone,

I know I'll never be able

to live with myself.

I don't know you either

and yet I feel like I've been

waiting for you all my life!

- I hear you're a piano player!

- The best!

I hope you're right.

Follow me!

What's up man?

The band's piano player had

an accident and he's in hospital.

Hey, wait for me!

I'm his agent.

And now,

what we've all been waiting for!

Straight from New York:

Woody Herman

and the Four Brothers Band!

Who are you?

Rita, at your service.


Take it easy, man.

Ok, we get out here.


- What do I do with these two?

- Want me to paint you a picture?




That's the sound in New York now!

You can play with the best bands.

All the top Cubans are there.

Mario Bauza, Miguelito Valds,

Machito. Even Chano Pozo!

Chano Pozo is now playing

with the Dizzy Gillespie Band!

What's that lovely tune

you are playing?

Take it down a key.

- Let me in!

- Not now. Come back later.

Who's in there?

Another one of your Yankees?

I told you to come back later!

No way!

You're planning on taking off

to New York with one of them and

I want to see what the big deal is!

I see, this time

your little friend's not a Yankee.

Get out of here! There's plenty of

men around here! This one's mine!

Was yours!

Now he's my man!

You don't know what this guy's like.

And you don't know

who you're messing with. Beat it!

Go on!

I'll show you what it means

to steal a man from a woman like me!

Hey, watch those hands!

Don't touch me!

- Get your dirty hands off me!

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