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Cuba (1979)

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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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Explosion in Cuba  »

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Trivia

Prior to this movie, Brooke Adams and Sean Connery both had actually appeared in The Great Train Robbery (1978). Connery was in a starring role whereas Adams was in a much small uncredited part. Both movies were released in 1979, that movie at the beginning of the year and this movie towards the end. See more »

Goofs

While Battista is watching a 16mm version of "Horror of Dracula" sequences are shown out of context. The scenes showing Christopher Lee's legs and hands disintegrating are shown prior to his hand-to-hand fight with Cushing. See more »

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Maj. Robert Dapes: Even a blind eye can be poked out.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Chantilly Lace
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Written and performed by The Big Bopper (as J.P. Richardson)
Heard at Christmas striptease
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I'll See You In C-U-B-A
14 March 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

According to the Citadel Film series book on Sean Connery, Sean violated a rule that both he and Charlton Heston normally follow, never take an assignment on an unfinished script. The cameras were rolling on the players before the final script was done and the results clearly show it.

Cuba as a film certainly had potential, but it's not realized in this story. Sean Connery plays a British mercenary who is going to go to work for the tottering Batista regime. He's being hired on the strength of good work he did in Malaya where the British did successfully quell a Communist insurgency in the Fifties.

Connery's got a lot of reservations when he sees the quality of the troops that Batista has. But that's not what's totally occupying his mind. He's found an old flame in Brooke Adams who is married to wealthy Cuban cigar factory owner Chris Sarandon.

As a film Cuba veers back and forth between an action adventure, a political tract, and a romance novel, never really settling in any one category. Best performance in the film is that of Jack Weston who plays the archetypal ugly American.

It's a sad film Cuba, because it had the potential to be a whole lot better.


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