Chico & Rita (2010)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Limara Meneses ...
Rita (voice)
Eman Xor Oña ...
Chico (voice)
Mario Guerra ...
Ramón (voice)
Jon Adams ...
Renny Arozarena ...
Blanca Rosa Blanco ...
Jackie de la Nuez ...
(voice) (as Jakie de la Nuez)
Rigoberto Ferrera ...
Ray Gillon ...
(voice) (as Michael Harper)
Ron (voice)
Jorge Ryan ...
Claudia Valdés ...
Ashley Albert ...


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. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 November 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Chico i Rita  »

Box Office


€9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£81,172 (UK) (19 November 2010)


$247,455 (USA) (16 March 2012)

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Did You Know?


In order to help accurately represent 1940s era Cuba, Javier Mariscal undertook an extensive research trip to Cuba and was able to view government archive photographs from 1949. See more »


The kitchen in which Chico and Rita eat kidney-bean soup is in the United States. However, a European-style electrical outlet can be seen clearly on one of the walls. See more »


Ramón: Business? That's my business!
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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »


On the Town
Written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Chico & Rita New York Band
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29 January 2012 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The second foreign nominee for the Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature in 2011, there has actually been buzz about this one since last year's Oscars (it debuted at Telluride in 2010 and also played at Toronto, but is not seeing a commercial release in the U.S. until February of 2012; it already saw a release in most European countries in late 2010 or 2011). That buzz is, thankfully, quite deserved, because this one is just wonderful. A simple story, sure, but a touching one about a young man and woman in Havana who begin a romance in 1948. They are musicians and get together through their art, but unfortunately petty jealousies keep getting in the way of their love. After initial success, Rita is swept off to New York City to become famous without Chico. He follows a few years later and finds his own fame, but the two seem destined to remain separate. The animation, like the story, is quite simple but really beautiful. It kind of reminds me of Waltz with Bashir, although it's not rotoscoped - at least not as extensively as Waltz with Bashir was. Rita, I must say, is the sexiest animated character since Jessica Rabbit - and she's not nearly so shy. It's kind of funny, but on account of this film, the Best Animated Feature category has far more nudity in it than all nine of the Best Picture nominees. Of course, as the characters are Cuban musicians, there's a ton of wonderful music throughout. I found the film deeply touching, and it brought me to tears at the end. This is far and away the best film among the four I've seen in its Oscar category this year (and I somehow doubt that Puss in Boots will eventually blow it out of the water!). Highly recommended.

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