Cuba (1979)

R  |   |  Adventure, Romance, Thriller  |  21 December 1979 (USA)
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A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Gutman
Capt. Raphael Ramirez
Donald Skinner
Gen. Bello
Juan Pulido
Danny De La Paz ...
Julio Mederos
Therese Mederos
Alejandro Rey ...
Miss Wonderly
Dave King ...
Miss Wonderly's Press Agent
Don Jose Pulido
Wolfe Morris ...


End fifties a British hireling is send to Cuba to train the Basistas. They must be trained to fight Castro's army. In Cuba he encounters an old love, who is married in the mean time. While Castro's army wins more and more their love revives... Written by R. Kessen <>

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Part Heaven... Part Hell... Pure Havana.


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21 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Explosion in Cuba  »

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One of this movie's main posters was designed in painted artwork with Sean Connery holding a black pistol with his arm around a woman, featured a number of girls in bikinis and displayed a number of action/adventure scenes from the movie, all typical of the James Bond movie franchise which he had been a big part of. Interestingly, the studio that made this movie was United Artists, the same studio behind the Bond movies. See more »


When they cut to the Hotel Roma about forty five minutes in, the television said Channel 6, it should have said Chanel 6. It was filmed in Spain, and the movie was about Cuba. See more »


Maj. Robert Dapes: [confronting a woman guerilla] It's a girl! I want to question her.
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Yes. First you, then she is 'questioned' by the sergeant and each of the men as many times as possible, and then two or three days later she is taken and shot. It would be much kinder to shoot her now.
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A fascinating character study
16 June 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

Set during the days leading up to Castro's revolution in 1959, "Cuba" is a wide-ranging character study that also happens to be a convincing portrayal of the unrest -- political, social and otherwise -- surrounding that event. It also has a great cast attached to it, including Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam, Denholm Elliott and Jack Weston (who is particularly good as the opportunistic American businessman). And look for David Rappaport -- future Time Bandit -- in a small role (sorry, bad joke) as the cigar factory overseer.

This was director Richard Lester's fifth and final film with writer Charles Wood, a collaboration which produced such 1960s classics as "The Knack," "Help!," "How I Won the War" and "The Bed Sitting Room." "Cuba," which came ten years later, can most definitely be added to that list.

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