Crossover Dreams (1985)




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Ruben Blades stars in this low-budget independent salsa musical (filmed in Spanish Harlem at a cost of $600,000), chronicling the rise and fall of a salsa artist who wants to hit the big time. Blades plays Rudy Veloz, a salsa musician who grabs one-night gigs in Latino nightclubs. He idolizes Julio Iglesias and dreams of putting together a band that will incorporate a blend of musical styles so that Rudy can crossover to mainstream commercial success. However, he is warned by his mentor, Cheo Babalu (Virgilio Marti), that his music is garbage and that he should write from the soul. Rudy ignores him, pursuing his passion for middle-of-the-road success. Rudy is noticed at a concert by a record producer, who puts out a successful single of one of Rudy's tunes. The success of the single goes to Rudy's head, and he walks out on his loyal girlfriend Liz (Elizabeth Pena) and drops his long-time manager, Ray (Frank Robles). But Rudy can't match his hit single with another crossover tune and his producer drops him. Without support of the producer or his friends, Rudy falls back into obscurity.


Ruben Blades
as Rudy Veloz
Virgilio Marti
as Chico Rabala
Frank Robles
as Ray Soto
Joel Diamond
as Neil Silver
Amanda Barber
as Radio DJ
Marco Rizo
as Pianist at Funeral
Cathy Carlin
as American Photographer
Neil Gold
as Makeup Man
as Photo Assistant
Peter Bogyo
as Rudy's Rental Agent
Ralph Monoco
as Detective
as Elegua Dancer
Carol García
as Orlando's Girl
Dante Medina
as Latin Club MC
Mario Pena
as Liz's Father
Miriam Cruz
as Liz's Mother
Carolina Mata Garcia
as Orlando's Girl
Keith Berger
as Street Mime
Art Vasil
as Diner Owner
Phil Capotosta
as Diner Assistant
Romeo Da Silva
as Diner Punk
Eddie Chea
as Diner Punk
Alex Bart
as Diner Punk
Claudia Sherman
as Girl in Diner
Deborra-Lee Furness
as Statue of Liberty
Jon Fausty
as Studio Engineer
Lou Marina
as American Sax Player
Ofelia Gonzalez
as Ruby's Neighbor
Arlene Roman
as Liz's Friend
Gloria Zelaya
as Store Customer
Carlos Linares
as Store Clerk
Millie Velazquez
as Latin Club Groupie
Jessie Ramirez
as Club Bartender
Juan "El Capitan" Valdes
as Night Club Customer
Big Bobby Faust
as Party Dancer
Lorena Velazquez
as Latin Club Groupie
Izzy Zanabria
as Elegua Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Crossover Dreams

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The story isn't new, but it sure does wear well. Maybe that's because Blades is such an engaging performer, playing a character who is earnest and sincere when he needs to be, but who always maintains a veil over his deepest secrets.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ruben Blades reveals talent as both a singer and actor.

Aug 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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