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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Neil Sinyard in his book 'The Films of Richard Lester', states that this picture "...developed originally out of an idea of Lester's own, inspired by a conversation with a friend about great modern leaders. From there Lester's thoughts began to formulate in complex ways around Castro and Casablanca (1942) and out of that audaciously bizarre combination comes Cuba (1979)." See more »

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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: [to bellboy in cheap hotel] I want a room with water which is sometimes hot. If there's a bath to put it in, I wouldn't mind.
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Features Pillars of the Sky (1956) See more »

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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 (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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