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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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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 <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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


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$527,540, 23 December 1979, Limited Release

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$527,540, 23 December 1979
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When this movie screened on television, in Belgium, during the mid 1980s, after having already premiered at the Belgrade Film Festival in 1980, The Cuban Embassy in Belgrade, launched an official intervention and diplomatic protest, stating that the film "offends the Cuban revolution and people". The film was pulled from its screening schedule, and replaced with Caesar and Cleopatra (1945). Then in turn, the Egyptian Embassy followed suit, stating that movie portrayed the Egyptian people as persons "who bend to foreign invaders". See more »

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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 »

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Maj. Robert Dapes: Even a blind eye can be poked out.
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Pote Tin Kyriaki
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"Cuba", a piece of history, a deliciously sad love story
6 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Lester had the same "bad luck" than -let's say- Orson Welles. Lester's first movies on The Beatles were masterpieces, without any doubt. These were bad news for Lester's later pictures because everybody was expecting wonderful things like "Hard Day's Night" or "Help". And, simply, Lester was unable to deliver. OK, with a few exceptions. "Cuba" was one of them (and maybe "Petulia" was the other). "Cuba" is a great movie. Having as a backdrop the last few days of Batista's dictatorship in Cuba (with notable dramatic appeal and amazing historical accuracy), Lester carefully develops a very sad and beautiful love story. Sean Connery and Brooke Adams as the lovers who meet again after fifteen years are really superb. Chris Sarandon is so perfect a villain that you would like to kill him with your own hands. But the most important issue is Lester's ability to create an atmosphere of disenchantment, of sadness looking at all these people who cannot, who will not ever understand how to love each other and live in peace.


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