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Our Man in Havana
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Director:
Writer:
Graham Greene (novel)
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Release Date:
19 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(17 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Jim Wormold

Burl Ives ... Dr. Hasselbacher

Maureen O'Hara ... Beatrice Severn

Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Segura

Noel Coward ... Hawthorne (as Noël Coward)

Ralph Richardson ... '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
Hugh Manning ... Officer
Karel Stepanek ... Dr. Braun
Maxine Audley ... Teresa
Elisabeth Welch ... Woman
Yvonne Buckingham ... Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Almirante ... Man at the Film Introduction (uncredited)
Timothy Bateson ... Rudy (uncredited)
René de la Cruz ... Man Beaten by Police (uncredited)
Madeleine Kasket ... Black-haired girl (uncredited)
Shan Lawrence ... Native Canadian Girl (uncredited)

John Le Mesurier ... Louis - Waiter (uncredited)
Anne Padwick ... Dark-haired woman (uncredited)

Rachel Roberts ... Prostitute (uncredited)
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Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel and screenplay)

Produced by
Raymond Anzarut .... associate producer
Carol Reed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Deniz (uncredited)
Laurence Deniz (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
 
Art Direction by
John Box 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James H. Ware .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Syd Cain .... assistant art director
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Red Law .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe
Arthur Newman .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Frank Deniz .... music played by (as The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band)
Laurence Deniz .... music played by (as The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band)
 
Other crew
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Shipway)
 
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Runtime:
USA:111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | West Germany:12 (original rating)
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Trivia:
The comic strip Rock Kent in the newspaper is credited to a Syd Cain. Syd Cain was the movie's assistant art director.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Segura is in the shop with Wormold immediately after Hasselbacher's death (the scene where Segura asks for Milly's hand), Wormold is smoking a cigarette at the beginning of the scene. When the camera angle switches from behind him to in front of him, the cigarette, which he was nowhere near finishing, has disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Beatrice Severn:Beds always make one talk.See more »
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Soundtrack:
¿Domitila, dónde vas?See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Guinness is good for you, 30 September 2006
Author: dhwillis-2 from Los Angeles

Sir Alec is, as always, magnetic. Guinness described himself as someone who liked to put on the mask, preferring to live someone else's life in order to keep his own private. Here his character tries to do something like that, with mixed results.

What is it about Guinness that makes it so hard to take our eyes off him? This role is, in a way, a variation on Col. Nicholson: the simple soul who discovers, a little too late, that he has understood nothing. In both cases their innocent acts start a chain of events that comes close to tragedy (but for Hollywood endings), and yet we never think of blaming either character for what they have brought about.

On the contrary, it's hard not to feel that Wormold deserves all of his undeserved good fortune, which appears to come at no cost. And even after Greene's story dispels that illusion, we still feel that his decency ought to count for something, even if his intentions were less than pure.

You can read this movie as an allegory for the common delusion on the part of great powers that they can direct events to their liking. If so, then Guinness has, even without the tacked on ending, subverted it. And even if we know better, it is hard not to cheer for him.

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