Rubén Blades

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, lawyer, actor, Latin jazz musician, and politician, performing musically most often in the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres. As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and political inspired Nuyorican salsa to his music, creating thinking persons' (salsa) dance music. Blades has composed dozens of musical hits, the most famous of which is "Pedro Navaja," a song about a neighborhood thug who appears to die during a robbery (his song "Sorpresas" continues the story), inspired by "Mack the Knife." He also composed and sings what many Panamanians consider their second national anthem. The song is titled "Patria" (Fatherland). He is an icon in Panama and is much admired throughout Latin America, and managed to attract 18% of the vote in his failed attempt to win the Panamanian presidency in 1994. In September 2004, he was appointed minister of tourism by Panamanian president Martín Torrijos for a five-year term. He holds a law degree from the University of Panama and a master's in international law from Harvard University. He is married to singer Luba Mason. Description above from the Wikipedia article Rubén Blades, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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A Million to Juan (1994)

Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for $1,000,000 with instructions that he is to give the check back in 30 days. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Rodríguez
CAST:  Paul Rodríguez  •  Gerardo Mejía  •  Jonathan Hernandez  •  Polly Draper

Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for $1,000,000 with instructions that he is to give the check back in 30 days. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Rodríguez
CAST:  Paul Rodríguez  •  Gerardo Mejía  •  Jonathan Hernandez  •  Polly Draper

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his pal embark on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Bob Thornton
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Henry Thomas  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Sam Shepard

The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his pal embark on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Bob Thornton
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Henry Thomas  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Sam Shepard

Color of Night (1994)

When New York psychiatrist Bill Capa visits Los Angeles to take over his murdered colleague's therapy group, he finds himself embroiled in the thick of a mystery when he bumps into Rose and begins a torrid affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Jane March  •  Rubén Blades  •  Lesley Ann Warren

When New York psychiatrist Bill Capa visits Los Angeles to take over his murdered colleague's therapy group, he finds himself embroiled in the thick of a mystery when he bumps into Rose and begins a torrid affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Jane March  •  Rubén Blades  •  Lesley Ann Warren

Cradle Will Rock (1999)

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Rubén Blades  •  Joan Cusack  •  John Cusack

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Rubén Blades  •  Joan Cusack  •  John Cusack

Critical Condition (1987)

Eddie is a con artist. When he's framed and comes before a judge, he hopes to get off the hook by climbing insanity—but instead ends up in a hospital for a mental assessment. That night, a storm causes a power failure and, in the ensuing chaos, Eddie is mistaken ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Rachel Ticotin  •  Rubén Blades  •  Maria Cardinale

Eddie is a con artist. When he's framed and comes before a judge, he hopes to get off the hook by climbing insanity—but instead ends up in a hospital for a mental assessment. That night, a storm causes a power failure and, in the ensuing chaos, Eddie is mistaken ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Rachel Ticotin  •  Rubén Blades  •  Maria Cardinale

Imagining Argentina (2003)

Set during the unsettling disappearances in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship of the 1970s, the film involves theater director Carlos Rueda and his wife Cecilia. Shortly after Cecilia writes an editorial commentary questioning the mysterious abductions, she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Hampton
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Emma Thompson  •  Leticia Dolera  •  Maria Canals-Barrera

Set during the unsettling disappearances in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship of the 1970s, the film involves theater director Carlos Rueda and his wife Cecilia. Shortly after Cecilia writes an editorial commentary questioning the mysterious abductions, she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Hampton
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Emma Thompson  •  Leticia Dolera  •  Maria Canals-Barrera

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

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Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Salma Hayek  •  Johnny Depp  •  Eva Mendes

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Salma Hayek  •  Johnny Depp  •  Eva Mendes

Predator 2 (1990)

A police chief in the war-torn streets of Los Angeles discovers that an extraterrestrial creature is hunting down residents - and that he is the next target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Kevin Peter Hall  •  Danny Glover  •  Gary Busey  •  Rubén Blades

A police chief in the war-torn streets of Los Angeles discovers that an extraterrestrial creature is hunting down residents - and that he is the next target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Kevin Peter Hall  •  Danny Glover  •  Gary Busey  •  Rubén Blades

Secuestro Express (2004)

Fantastical

Young couple Carla and Martin are abducted by three men and spend a terrifying night in Caracas as they wait for Carla's father to hand over the ransom  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Jakubowicz
CAST:  Mía Maestro  •  Rubén Blades  •  Carlos Julio Molina  •  Pedro Perez

Young couple Carla and Martin are abducted by three men and spend a terrifying night in Caracas as they wait for Carla's father to hand over the ransom  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Jakubowicz
CAST:  Mía Maestro  •  Rubén Blades  •  Carlos Julio Molina  •  Pedro Perez

The Devil's Own (1997)

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Harrison Ford  •  Julia Stiles  •  Margaret Colin

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Harrison Ford  •  Julia Stiles  •  Margaret Colin

The Super (1991)

Louie Kritski is a heartless landlord who has been so negligent in keeping up his ghetto apartment that he is threatened with jail time. The judge gives him another option -- he must live in his rat-infested hell hole until he brings it up to liveable standards.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Daniel
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Madolyn Smith Osborne  •  Stacey Travis

Louie Kritski is a heartless landlord who has been so negligent in keeping up his ghetto apartment that he is threatened with jail time. The judge gives him another option -- he must live in his rat-infested hell hole until he brings it up to liveable standards.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Daniel
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Madolyn Smith Osborne  •  Stacey Travis

Assassination Tango (2003)

John J. is a seasoned hit man sent on a job to Argentina. When the General he's sent to kill delays his return to the country, John passes the time with Manuela, a beautiful dancer who becomes his teacher and guide into Argentina's sensual world of the tango.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Duvall
CAST:  Robert Duvall  •  Rubén Blades  •  Kathy Baker  •  Luciana Pedraza

John J. is a seasoned hit man sent on a job to Argentina. When the General he's sent to kill delays his return to the country, John passes the time with Manuela, a beautiful dancer who becomes his teacher and guide into Argentina's sensual world of the tango.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Duvall
CAST:  Robert Duvall  •  Rubén Blades  •  Kathy Baker  •  Luciana Pedraza

Chinese Box (1997)

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Gong Li  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Michael Hui

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Gong Li  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Michael Hui

Homeboy (1988)

Johnny Walker is a cowboy and a boxer. He is very shy and a bit of a fool. He is in love with Ruby, but he cannot tell her. He is also a bit old to keep on boxing, but its the only thing he does well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Seresin
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Christopher Walken  •  Jon Polito  •  Debra Feuer

Johnny Walker is a cowboy and a boxer. He is very shy and a bit of a fool. He is in love with Ruby, but he cannot tell her. He is also a bit old to keep on boxing, but its the only thing he does well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Seresin
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Christopher Walken  •  Jon Polito  •  Debra Feuer

The Two Jakes (1990)

This sequel to the classic Chinatown finds private detective Jake Gittes still haunted from the events of the first film. Hired by a man to investigate his wife's infidelities, Jake once again finds himself involved in a complicated plot involving murder, oil, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Nicholson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Meg Tilly  •  Madeleine Stowe

This sequel to the classic Chinatown finds private detective Jake Gittes still haunted from the events of the first film. Hired by a man to investigate his wife's infidelities, Jake once again finds himself involved in a complicated plot involving murder, oil, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Nicholson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Meg Tilly  •  Madeleine Stowe

The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Rubén Blades  •  Sônia Braga  •  James Gammon  •  Melanie Griffith

In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Rubén Blades  •  Sônia Braga  •  James Gammon  •  Melanie Griffith

Spin (2003)

"Spin" tells the story of a boy who loses his parents in a plane crash, is taken in by his uncle (Tucci), who then leaves him for ten years in the care of his Hispanic ranch hand (Blades) and his wife (Delany). Once in high school, Eddie (Merriman) reconnects with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Redford
CAST:  Rubén Blades  •  Stanley Tucci  •  Dana Delany  •  Brendan Murphy

"Spin" tells the story of a boy who loses his parents in a plane crash, is taken in by his uncle (Tucci), who then leaves him for ten years in the care of his Hispanic ranch hand (Blades) and his wife (Delany). Once in high school, Eddie (Merriman) reconnects with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Redford
CAST:  Rubén Blades  •  Stanley Tucci  •  Dana Delany  •  Brendan Murphy

Spoken Word (2009)

A San Francisco spoken word artist returns to New Mexico to be with his dying father, only to find he loses his "voice" as he is sucked back in to the dysfunctional life of drugs and violence he left behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Nunez
CAST:  Kuno Becker  •  Miguel Sandoval  •  Rubén Blades  •  Persia White

A San Francisco spoken word artist returns to New Mexico to be with his dying father, only to find he loses his "voice" as he is sucked back in to the dysfunctional life of drugs and violence he left behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Nunez
CAST:  Kuno Becker  •  Miguel Sandoval  •  Rubén Blades  •  Persia White

Crazy From the Heart (1991)

A small-town, high-school principal still living at home with her mother shakes up her life in a way that even she never expected when she agrees to go out on a date with her school's Hispanic janitor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Schlamme
CAST:  Rubén Blades  •  Christine Lahti  •  William Russ  •  Louise Latham

A small-town, high-school principal still living at home with her mother shakes up her life in a way that even she never expected when she agrees to go out on a date with her school's Hispanic janitor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Schlamme
CAST:  Rubén Blades  •  Christine Lahti  •  William Russ  •  Louise Latham

The Counselor (2013)

SuspensefulViolentDisturbingThought provoking

A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Javier Bardem  •  Cameron Diaz

A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Javier Bardem  •  Cameron Diaz
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