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Director:
Writers:
Peter Viertel (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Amazingly radical, pro-revolutionary Hollywood film See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Jennifer Jones ... China Valdés

John Garfield ... Anthony L. 'Tony' Fenner

Pedro Armendáriz ... Armando Ariete (as Pedro Armendariz)

Gilbert Roland ... Guillermo Montilla

Ramon Novarro ... Chief
Wally Cassell ... Miguel
David Bond ... Ramón Sánchez
José Pérez ... Toto (as Jose Perez)
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Seymour, Bank Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... (uncredited)

Mimi Aguglia ... Mama (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Cart Driver (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Mother (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Celebrant (uncredited)
Freddie Chapman ... Altar Boy (uncredited)
Gertrude Chorre ... (uncredited)
Jack Clisby ... Guard (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Contreras's Sister (uncredited)
Fred Godoy ... Vicente Contreras (uncredited)
Lelia Goldoni ... Consuelo Valdés (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... (uncredited)
Charles Granucci ... (uncredited)
Roberta Haynes ... Lolita Valdés (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Enrico (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... (uncredited)

John Huston ... Señor Muñoz (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Priest (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Santiago Martínez ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alex McSweyn ... Sanitation Man (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... (uncredited)
Paulo Monte ... Roberto (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... First Senator (uncredited)
Alfonso Pedroza ... Sanitation Man (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... (uncredited)
Tito Renaldo ... Manolo Valdés (uncredited)
Joel Rene ... Student (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... (uncredited)
Joe Sawaya ... (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Bombmaker (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Rubio (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Spy (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Watchman (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Contreras' Chauffeur (uncredited)
Billy Wilson ... (uncredited)
Thomas Quon Woo ... Celebrant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Peter Viertel (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Robert Sylvester (novel "Rough Sketch")

Produced by
Jules Buck .... associate producer
Sam Spiegel .... producer (as S.P. Eagle)
 
Original Music by
George Antheil 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Hiecke .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound engineer (as Lambert Day)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special scenes
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Becker .... grip (uncredited)
William Coppersmith .... camera operator (uncredited)
Max Nippell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walling .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... costumes: Miss Jones
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gladys Hill .... dialogue director
David O. Selznick .... Jennifer Jones by arrangement with
Rose Loewinger .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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106 min
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Subject Was Roses (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
We Dig All Day We Dig All NightSee more »

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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Amazingly radical, pro-revolutionary Hollywood film, 5 November 2005
Author: Andrew Schoneberg from United States

This has to be the most radical, left wing film ever made in Hollywood. It is amazing that Huston and some of the other principals were not blacklisted afterwords; the McCarthy era was well underway in 1949 when the film was released. (Garfield was blacklisted, but not as a result of this particular film.)

This is a taut, suspenseful, exciting movie. But what stands out for me is that the central theme and focus of the story is the "need" to dedicate one's life to the overthrow of a dictatorship by whatever means necessary. I've never seen an American film so uncompromisingly pro-revolutionary. The heros of the film are guerrilla warriors planning a bombing that will kill dozens or hundreds of innocents along with lots of deserving government officials.

One significant drawback to this film is it's very extensive use of process photography, shooting the principal actors against background film shot on location. Whole scenes are shot this way and it's distracting.

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