Crossover Dreams (1985)

86 mins | Drama | 23 August 1985

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Producer:

Manuel Arce

Cinematographer:

Claudio Chea

Editor:

Gary Karr

Production Designer:

Octavio Soler

Production Company:

Max Mambru Films
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HISTORY

       The 25 Dec 1982 issue of Billboard reported that the picture was currently shooting in New York City, and was being produced independently. Noting a budget of $6 million, the 23 Aug 1985 Daily News confirmed a shooting location of Spanish Harlem.
       According to a 12 Dec 1984 Var news item, the film’s alternate title was Crossover.
       Making its premiere at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, Crossover Dreams was chosen as one of twelve titles for the “Directors Fortnight” program, as reported in the 17 Apr 1985 Var.
      End credits include the following: “Acknowledgements: Alex Musical Instruments, Ron Bermudez, The Chea Brothers, Joselina Chea, Johnny Colon & his Music School, Enrique Fernandez, Fischer Sound Systems, Goya Foods, Inc., Jorge (Hueso) Hernandez, Antonia Ichaso, Maria Antonia Ichaso, Joan Jubela, Aida, Nestor, Fernando y SRA - 106st & Lex Ave., Miller Beer, Modern Mass Media, Stephanie Muñiz, El Museo Del Barrio, Simon Nuchtern, Tony Raymone and the El Corso Crew, The Riocabo Family, Justo Rodriguez Santos, Jane & Jack Rollins, Mariano Ros, Nelson Villamor, Cristina De Cordova, Buddy Zoloth, Tony Sabournin, Seasons Of My Heart Catering, Jorge Ulla, Camilo Vila, Union City Cafeteria, White Coffee Corporation, Zauder Wigs Bros. ... More Less

       The 25 Dec 1982 issue of Billboard reported that the picture was currently shooting in New York City, and was being produced independently. Noting a budget of $6 million, the 23 Aug 1985 Daily News confirmed a shooting location of Spanish Harlem.
       According to a 12 Dec 1984 Var news item, the film’s alternate title was Crossover.
       Making its premiere at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, Crossover Dreams was chosen as one of twelve titles for the “Directors Fortnight” program, as reported in the 17 Apr 1985 Var.
      End credits include the following: “Acknowledgements: Alex Musical Instruments, Ron Bermudez, The Chea Brothers, Joselina Chea, Johnny Colon & his Music School, Enrique Fernandez, Fischer Sound Systems, Goya Foods, Inc., Jorge (Hueso) Hernandez, Antonia Ichaso, Maria Antonia Ichaso, Joan Jubela, Aida, Nestor, Fernando y SRA - 106st & Lex Ave., Miller Beer, Modern Mass Media, Stephanie Muñiz, El Museo Del Barrio, Simon Nuchtern, Tony Raymone and the El Corso Crew, The Riocabo Family, Justo Rodriguez Santos, Jane & Jack Rollins, Mariano Ros, Nelson Villamor, Cristina De Cordova, Buddy Zoloth, Tony Sabournin, Seasons Of My Heart Catering, Jorge Ulla, Camilo Vila, Union City Cafeteria, White Coffee Corporation, Zauder Wigs Bros. Inc.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Billboard
25 Dec 1982.
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Daily News
23 Aug 1985
p. 3.
Daily Variety
19 Jul 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 1985
p. 3, 13.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 1985
p. 3, 7.
Los Angeles Times
2 Oct 1985
p. 1, 6.
New York Times
23 Aug 1985
p. 11.
Variety
12 Dec 1984.
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Variety
3 Apr 1985
p. 14.
Variety
17 Apr 1985.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Miramax Films release
Manuel Arce & Max Mambru Films present
A Leon Ichaso film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
Based on a story by
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
2d elec
Addl elec
Addl elec
Cam op
Asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Still photog
Key grip
2d grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Cam op, 2d unit
A.C./Gaffer, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Asst art dir, 2d unit
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed, 2d unit (Sd and picture)
Asst ed, 2d unit (Picture)
Asst ed, 2d unit (Picture)
Negative matcher
SET DECORATORS
Scenic artist
Prop person
Asst prop person
Rudy's T-Bird provided by
COSTUMES
Rudy's ward
Tuxedos by
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus
Mus ed, 2d unit
Mus rec and mixed at
Mus eng
Mus eng
Mus eng
Mus re-mix by
Mus score written, arr & cond by
Addl arr
Addl arr
Addl arr
Spec thanks
Spec thanks
Spec thanks
Spec thanks
Spec thanks
Mus consultant
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians
Musicians, The Ballistic Kisses
Musicians, The Ballistic Kisses
Musicians, The Ballistic Kisses
Musicians, The Ballistic Kisses
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
Musicians, Manny Oquendo Y Su Conjunto Libre
SOUND
Sd rec & mixer
Boom op
Sd rec mixer, 2d unit
Boom op, 2d unit
Soundman, 2d unit
Supv sd ed, 2d unit
Sd transfers
Mix at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opticals
Titles & spec eff
DANCE
Dance numbers
MAKEUP
Makeup
Addl makeup
Addl makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting, Max Mambru Films, Ltd.
Scr supv
Prod office coord
Asst office coord
Prod auditor
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Key p.a.
Transportation coord, 2d unit
Post Prod coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Libra Timbero,” written by Arsenio Rodriguez, Peer International, performed by Virgilio Marti
“Elegua,” written and performed by Virgilio Marti
“Good For Baby,” written and performed by Ruben Blades, courtesy of Ruben Blades
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SONGS
“Libra Timbero,” written by Arsenio Rodriguez, Peer International, performed by Virgilio Marti
“Elegua,” written and performed by Virgilio Marti
“Good For Baby,” written and performed by Ruben Blades, courtesy of Ruben Blades
“Liz’s Theme,” written by Ruben Blades, arranged by M. Smith
“Todos Vuelven,” written by Cesar Miro, performed by Virgilio Marti and Ruben Blades
“Merecumbe,” written and performed by Johnny Colon, courtesy of Fania Records
“Judy-Part II,” written and performed by Johnny Colon
“Yiri Yiri Bon,” written by Silvestre Mendez, EDIM, Div. of RCA, arranged by Javier Vasquez, performed by Virgilio Marti
“Misa Ecue Yamba-O,” written and performed by Marco Rizo, Rizo Music Productions
“Otra Dia, Otra Amor,” written by Virgilio Marti, Leon Ichaso, and Gabriel Zurita, arranged by Javier Vasquez, performed by Virgilio Marti
“Domestic Servants" written and performed by the Ballistic Kisses, courtesy of Beggars Banquet Music and Records
“Workaholic,” written and performed by the Ballistic Kisses, courtesy of Beggars Banquet Music and Records
“Ban Con Tim,” written by Tito Puente, Peer International, performed by Tito Puente, courtesy of Caiman Records
“Sin Fe,” written by Bobby Capo, performed by Ruben Blades
“WPLJ Radio I.D.,” courtesy of WPLJ
“Pau Pau,” written and performed by Conjunto Clasico, courtesy of Lomejor Records
“A Gozar La Vida,” written and performed by Conjunto Libre, Peer International
“El Down,” written and performed by Andy and Jerry Gonzalez
“Puerto Rico,” written by Eddie Palmieri and Ismael Miranda, Ying-Yang Music, performed by Eddie Palmieri
“Donde Estabas Tu?” written by Ernesto Duarte Brito, performed by Beny More, courtesy of RCA International.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Crossover
The Crossover Dream
Release Date:
23 August 1985
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 August 1985
Los Angeles opening: 4 October 1985
Production Date:
Began late December 1982 in New York
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
86
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Spanish Harlem, New York, Latin singer Rudy Veloz dreams of crossing over onto the American music scene. He performs in local clubs, and, with the support of his friend, Orlando, meets with a record producer named Lou Rose. When Rudy plays his audition tape for Rose he receives only minor encouragement. Back in the barrio, he continues to struggle. At the funeral of Rudy’s friend, Cheo Babalu, a music producer named Neil Silver gives him a business card, and, later, Neil offers Rudy a recording contract. Orlando, who sees himself as Rudy’s manager, feels betrayed that Rudy secured a deal without his help. Enjoying his newfound success, Rudy buys a car and takes his girlfriend, Liz Garcia, to Coney Island. There, she asks when they will get married, and Rudy tells her they will wed when he is more successful. When Rudy stays out all night and has an affair with another woman, Liz confronts him, and their relationship ends. Anticipating success from his forthcoming album, Rudy disregards his lifelong friends. However, when the record is released, it fails to sell, and Rudy’s dreams begin to fade. In time, he pays a visit to Liz and meets her new husband, Joe. When Rudy asks her to leave with him, Liz refuses. Rudy meets again with Lou Rose, and asks for a contract. Rose declines, but offers Rudy another way to make money: by transporting drugs from Columbia. As Rudy prepares to make the trip, Orlando tries to talk him out of going, and asks Rudy to rejoin his band. Rudy packs his ... +


In Spanish Harlem, New York, Latin singer Rudy Veloz dreams of crossing over onto the American music scene. He performs in local clubs, and, with the support of his friend, Orlando, meets with a record producer named Lou Rose. When Rudy plays his audition tape for Rose he receives only minor encouragement. Back in the barrio, he continues to struggle. At the funeral of Rudy’s friend, Cheo Babalu, a music producer named Neil Silver gives him a business card, and, later, Neil offers Rudy a recording contract. Orlando, who sees himself as Rudy’s manager, feels betrayed that Rudy secured a deal without his help. Enjoying his newfound success, Rudy buys a car and takes his girlfriend, Liz Garcia, to Coney Island. There, she asks when they will get married, and Rudy tells her they will wed when he is more successful. When Rudy stays out all night and has an affair with another woman, Liz confronts him, and their relationship ends. Anticipating success from his forthcoming album, Rudy disregards his lifelong friends. However, when the record is released, it fails to sell, and Rudy’s dreams begin to fade. In time, he pays a visit to Liz and meets her new husband, Joe. When Rudy asks her to leave with him, Liz refuses. Rudy meets again with Lou Rose, and asks for a contract. Rose declines, but offers Rudy another way to make money: by transporting drugs from Columbia. As Rudy prepares to make the trip, Orlando tries to talk him out of going, and asks Rudy to rejoin his band. Rudy packs his suitcase for Columbia, but then returns before leaving the country to see Orlando, and he accepts his friend’s offer to perform again. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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