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!

- B*tch!

- Let me go!

- You let go first!

If I get hold of that face!

Let me go!

Don't scratch me, you b*tch!

I'll kill you!

You're crazy!

Tell her to go.

Tell her to get dressed and get lost!

Juana, Juana...

Get outta here!


Sure you don't have more girls

hiding under the stairs?

Don't worry,

I'm gonna leave the door open

so you can service them all!

Get off! Rita!

Let her go, Chico! Let her go!


Hey, you, don't run so fast!

You want him?

You can have him!

He's all yours!

I'm leaving too.

Wasn't that what you wanted?



What gives, Chico?

You've been chosen for

the competition and you don't care!

- I need a singer.

- I know a hundred.

That can sing my arrangements?

I get it.

You've fallen in love!

That's it, right?

Hey, buddy, only whites allowed.

Look, man, I just want to give

a message to my sister.

If I had a sister, I'd be damned

if I let her work here!

Whatever you say,

you're the boss!

Ok, see you.

- Ciao!

- Ciao!

See you around, Angel.

I'll come by soon!

Good evening, Rita!

Did you lose something?

I think I just found it.

Well, that's good news.

- Got ten pesos you can spare?

- Ten?

Stick with me

and you'll make much more.

Oh, really?

What's your cut?

Twenty percent.

Hey, I don't need

anybody hustling me!

So, beat it!

It's been a nightmare of a night.


Rita! Hey, wait up!

- What if she doesn't show up?

- Relax, she'll show.

- How can you be so sure?

- Because...

Look, there she is!

Coming up,

Contest Couple Number 21.

Chico and Rita!

For so long we have enjoyed

This love

Our souls got so close

That I keep your taste

But you also carry

a taste of me

You got what you wanted.


Of course,

you guys are the perfect couple!

They announce the winners at

the Fausto theater at 10 PM tonight.

- Don't let me down!

- But don't forget,

I'm only doing it for the money!

Hey, come here!

What did you tell him?

Me? Nothing. You know me,

I wouldn't breathe a word!

Wait... wait up!

- Where you headed?

- Let me give it a shot!

What are you doing, man?

You don't know

the first thing about riding bikes.

I'll bring it back tonight.


What are you doing here?

Is your neighborhood off-limits?

- I don't like people being nosey.

- Who does that house belong to?

Do I ask you about the floozies

crawling around your place?

You telling me you live

with another man?

Is that him?

I told you he'd make you suffer.

- Rita, let's just forget it.

- Ok.

I'll forget about you

and you forget about me.

Come on, baby!

You mean nothing to me!

I don't know you from Adam!

Don't even think

about following me!

You know what?

I'd kiss the ground you walk on if

you lived in a cleaner neighborhood.

And now, the moment

we've all been waiting for.

Especially our contestants.

The grand prize,

as you all know, is 500 pesos

plus a one-month contract

at the Hotel Nacional.

And the winners

of the Fourth Annual RHC

Cadena Azul Amateur Contest are...

Couple Number 21!

Chico and Rita!

A song that was a hit

more than fifty years ago.

By Chico and Rita.

You're listening

to "Yesterday's Melodies"

on Radio Progreso.

I never meant to own you,

I was a nobody,

lacking vanity

I gave you

The best of my life

You have a marvelous voice.

One of those voices that you have to

listen to with your eyes closed.

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