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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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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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At the start of the film, a subtitle announces "1959", indicating the year in which the story takes place. However the actual date of the last event of the film - Fidel Castro riding into Havana, marking the completion of the Revolution - was 1 January 1959. All of the preceding events must have occurred in 1958. See more »


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"Cuba", a piece of history, a deliciously sad love story
6 June 2005 | by (United States) – 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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