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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ALS5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Orrin C. Judd VINE VOICE on June 19, 2001
Format: DVD
You wanna play the horn, right? You gotta play the game! -For Love or Country
If a character in the movie The Player were pitching For Love or Country, he would describe it thus : it's the Sound of Music, but set in Cuba. Indeed, this gross oversimplification manages to capture some important aspects of the film. Arturo Sandoval, like the von Trapps, is a real life musician--a renowned jazz trumpeter--who fled a repressive regime and whose flight was complicated by concerns for family. But the differences are also important, and they serve to give this picture a depth and resonance that make it wholly worthwhile in its own right.
First, where the Nazis are so notorious as to immediately invoke our sympathy for the von Trapps, there has been a disturbing tendency in America to glamorize Fidel Castro and to minimize the crimes of his regime, right from the very beginning of the Revolution and the absurdly favorable profiles that the New York Times published in the late 50s. In a grotesque irony, this film was actually made during the whole Elian Gonzalez mess, when a significant portion of the American public, and a majority of the intellectual class, argued that a young boy, whose mother died trying to get him to freedom, should be returned to live in Castro's dictatorship. One of the fascinations of For Love or Country is that it gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of regular Cuban citizens and shows the spirit crushing effects of Communism on their lives. And it powerfully demonstrates the illegitimacy of a political system which is so bent on controlling the minds of its citizenry that even certain rebellious forms of music are outlawed.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2002
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FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY is based on the true story of Arturo Sandoval who finally cooperates with the Cuban government and even joins the communist party in order to have the freedom to travel internationally. He was living in a country where there was no respect for human rights, let alone freedom of expression in music.

Arturo Sandoval is one of the most brilliant musicians of our time and is known as a protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie. He was born in Artemisa on November 6, 1949. Artemisa is a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.

He realized he was a trumpet player when he was eleven. He began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve. He is now known as one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn. As a Professor, Sandoval has lectured internationally.

Filled with a virtuoso capability, he had an intense desire to share his musical gift with those who share the same love for music. Arturo Sandoval appears on the tracks "Moonglow" and "That Old Feeling" in Rod Stewart's release "It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook." His diverse style can be heard on albums like Gloria Estefan's "Into the Light." He also has made a contribution on albums by Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra and Paul Anka.

This movie emphasizes his virtuoso technical ability and his specialty in high notes. He also is shown playing the piano and is known for lyrically improvising a ballad. He also had the privilege of creating and performing the score for this movie. The story of his own life. He explains:

"When the idea for the movie came up, I was happy to be able to tell my story, but even happier to write the film score," he says.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Serena Gutnik on October 29, 2005
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Since I have been unable to locate an address in which to write Mr. Garcia to explain how this film touched me, I thought this might be the next best thing. As a "natural born" citizen of the United States, I often feel overwhelming guilt for the suffering of the people who live in countries ruled by dictatorships and tyranny, while I enjoy innumerable freedoms here. Mr. Garcia has brought us a film that inspires hope, courage of conviction, and raises our awareness of the suffering still going on in his birthplace without bringing the stinging guilt that such a movie usually instills in me. I cried, then paced my apartment, then searched the Web for hours trying to find a way to contact Mr. Garcia to tell him that his message is received and appreciated.

The story is so amazing, it is almost difficult to believe that Mr. Sandavol not only lived it, but managed to see his whole family emigrate to the U.S. Thank you, HBO and Mr. Garcia, for telling a story that deserved to be told.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kai G. Henriksen on December 9, 2001
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For everyone who is interested in jazz in general and in Arthuro Sandoval in particular, this DVD is a must. In addition, it gives a depressive picture of life in communist Cuba. When Sandoval has to suppress his musicality (i.e. his desire to express himself through jazz) life in Cuba becames intolerable. Andy Garcia is great as Mr. Sandoval and Mía Maestro as his life-time love, Marianela, is just gorgeous. I would have wanted more soundtracks with Sandoval, but I can always listen to his great recodings (especially the beautiful "I remember Clifford"). Go get it!
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