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Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer ... See full summary »

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Jim Wormold
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Dr. Hasselbacher
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Beatrice Severn
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Capt. Segura
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Hawthorne (as Noël Coward)
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'C'
Jo Morrow ...
Milly Wormold
Grégoire Aslan ...
Cifuentes (as Gregoire Aslan)
Paul Rogers ...
Hubert Carter
Raymond Huntley ...
General
Ferdy Mayne ...
Prof. Sanchez
Maurice Denham ...
Admiral
Joseph P. Mawra ...
Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
Duncan Macrae ...
MacDougal
Gerik Schjelderup ...
Svenson
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Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Hasselbacher suggests that the best secrets are known to no one, he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provides fictional tales for the benefit of his masters in London. He is soon seen as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere but it all begins to unravel when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his "network" and he learns that he is the target of a group out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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19 February 1960 (West Germany)  »

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Nuestro hombre en La Habana  »

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All of the on-location street footage shot in Cuba was dubbed in post-production due to the high levels of noise from the crowds on-looking the filming. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence where Wormold seeks revenge on Carter, Wormold stands in an alley way, with a window behind him to his left. He shoots at Carter, misses him, and walks quite a distance down the alley while putting on his jacket. Carter then pulls out a gun, shoots twice at Wormold who is walking away. Suddenly, the scene cuts back to Wormold back in his original location standing in the alley way with the same distinctive window behind him to his left. He is now without the jacket he had just been seen putting on while walking away. Wormold then shoots Carter. See more »

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Jim Wormold: Forgive me, I couldn't help overhearing what you said. Perhaps we could have a word privately.
Ambassador: Haven't I met you somewhere before? The Embassy?
Jim Wormold: Good heavens, no. I never go there.
Ambassador: I afraid you'll have to if you want to see me in private. I happen to be the Ambassador.
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¿Domitila, dónde vas?
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Written by Ricardo Díaz
Sung often by the three street musicians
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Graham Greene at his cinematic best.
11 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Alec Guiness's best performances. The whole film is understated and takes into account the arid wit of the novel. Graham Greene usually buries humor in dark text that deals with one man's coming to grips with some moral or religious crisis. In Our Man in Havana Greene sets aside his usual level of introspection-made-manifest and dwells upon the absurdity of a small man with a small life that is drawn into circumstances that quite outdistance his usual worldly sphere of experience and expectation. A vacuum cleaner salesman is drawn into a vortex of espionage and intrigue. He has to create from whole cloth scenarios to satisfy his spy-master contacts. Due to his agility at fabrication he becomes regarded as an indispensable operative and ultimately draws upon a well of heretofore untapped personal resources in order to save the day. Guiness, alternating between bewilderment and resolve paints a lovable portrait of a man pinned between a bedrock sense of duty and a stomach-emptying realization of being completely out of his depth. It's a sin and a shame that this film is not available in any format in any country.


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