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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Larry Gutman
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Capt. Raphael Ramirez
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Donald Skinner
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Gen. Bello
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Juan Pulido
Danny De La Paz ...
Julio Mederos
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Therese Mederos
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Faustino
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Miss Wonderly
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Miss Wonderly's Press Agent
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Don Jose Pulido
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Wolfe Morris ...
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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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Explosion in Cuba  »

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Tony Matthews, playing a Castro-like revolutionary leader, is dubbed by another British actor, Joss Ackland. See more »

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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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Maj. Robert Dapes: Why were those people shot?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Perhaps they tried to escape.
Maj. Robert Dapes: From what?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: From being shot.
Maj. Robert Dapes: But how did they know they were rebels?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Because they tried to escape.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Well, wouldn't you?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Of course.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Are you a rebel?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: If I try to escape, I am. Wasn't it the same in Malaya? You didn't know them till they ran.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Waltz In C Sharp Minor, Op. 64
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Patrick Williams
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27 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There are a number of links between this film and the James Bond movies.

As well as the obvious presence of Sean Connery, we have Walter Gotell who played Morzeny in "From Russia with Love" and then played General Anatol Gogol in 5 Bond films as well as the "James Bond Jr" TV series.

In addition, the Spanish city of Cadiz in Andalucia was used for much of the location shooting - a location which also doubled as Cuba in "Die Another Day".

Aside from that, the film creates a wonderfully atmospheric impression of a regime on its last legs, attempting the resist the seemingly inevitable regime change sought by the rebels.

Not a great film but perfectly watchable (even if I did find myself looking out for familiar Andalucian scenery as much as following the plot!).


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