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We Were Strangers (1949)

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China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police, Ariete. She meets and falls in love with American expatriate Tony Fenner. Tony ... See full summary »

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China Valdés
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Anthony L. 'Tony' Fenner
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Armando Ariete (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Guillermo Montilla
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Chief
Wally Cassell ...
Miguel
David Bond ...
Ramón Sánchez
José Pérez ...
Toto (as Jose Perez)
Morris Ankrum ...
Mr. Seymour, Bank Manager
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China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police, Ariete. She meets and falls in love with American expatriate Tony Fenner. Tony develops a plan to tunnel under the city's cemetery to a plot owned by a high official, assassinate him, and blow up the whole Cuban hierarchy at the ensuing state funeral. Together with a band of dedicated revolutionaries, they begin digging. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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27 April 1949 (USA)  »

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One of the writers, Peter Viertel, wrote a chapter in his book Dangerous Friends about how he and John Huston wrote the screenplay for We Were Strangers, including two weeks in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway. According to Viertel, Hemingway suggested ending the film as it occurred in reality: with the death of the revolutionaries. Instead, an alternative ending was supplied by Ben Hecht. See more »

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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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We Dig All Day We Dig All Night
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Performed by Gilbert Roland
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Before Scarface there was We Were Strangers
17 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tony Montana and Tony Fenner. The former was the main character in Scarface, the latter in We Were Strangers. The parallels between both characters and both movies is uncanny. Both movies involve characters named Tony interacting on some level with corrupt police. Both include beautiful yet troubled women. Both involve Hispanic characters yet both Tonys are portrayed by non-Hispanic actors. Both movies glorify violence. In both movies each Tony is brooding, moody and when provoked capable of extreme violence. Both Tonys are anti-authoritarian and do not run away. The physical resemblance between John Garfield and Al Pacino is also uncanny. Also, both movies contain unmistakable political overtones involving the political situation in Cuba. Gilbert Roland's performance is outstanding. Jennifer Jones's performance is powerful. Equally noteworthy is Pedro Armendariz's outstanding performance as the corrupt and unstable Chief of Police. As the saying goes, they don't make 'em like this anymore.


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