Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.


  • Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo in Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
  • Joachim Cooder and Ry Cooder in Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
  • Wim Wenders and Ibrahim Ferrer in Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
  • Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
  • Ibrahim Ferrer in Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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Did You Know?


The Buena Vista Social Club album was put together by guitarist Ry Cooder in 1997 as a means of recapturing the "lost" music of pre-revolutionary Havana. The story was later made into this movie.


Plot Summary


Documentary | Music


Release Date:

4 June 1999


English, Spanish

Country of Origin

Germany, USA, UK, France, Cuba

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$127,370 (USA) (6 June 1999)


$6,997,620 (USA) (30 January 2000)

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