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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This movie is set in Havana during the period of the approaching end of the Batista regime in 1959. 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: [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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At the Hop
(uncredited) (1957)
Written by Arthur Singer, John Madara, and Dave White
Performed by Danny and the Juniors, heard on car radio
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Back then we were desperate for guns now we need brains!
3 June 2005 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

(Some Spoilers) The days are not only numbered for the year 1958 but also for the Batista regime running Cuba as well. With the Cuban rebels lead by the "Bearded One", Fidel Castro, streaming out of the Mestra Serria Mountains and linking up with thousands of supporters in the big cities like Havana and Santiago. Batista and his gang are making every attempt to get out of the island with all the loot that can carry before the rebels take over the Havana airport, Batista & Co.only escape route, and put them in front of a firing squad.

In the middle of all this chaos British mercenary Maj.Robert Dapes, Sean Connery, is hired by the Batista government to help steam the rebel tide. Arriving in Havana Robert finds that there's more then a revolution going on in Cuba. There's the stunning and beautiful Alexandra Lopez de Pulido, Brooks Adams,there for whom he's carried a torch for over fifteen years, since he was a British soldier in North Africa back in WWII.

Robert realizes right away that the situation is hopeless for the government forces and plans to get out of the country as soon as he can. Yet he's torn with fleeing Cuba an at the same time leaving his former, and now rediscovered, lover Alexandra behind. Alexandra is married to wealthy and politically connected Cuban Juan Pulido, Chris Sarandon,who besides being a good for nothing spoiled rich boy is also cheating on her. Juan is having an affair with the sexy Therese Mederos, Lon Etta McKee, who works in his cigar factory as a tobacco roller.

With everything falling apart in the confusion There's younger brother Julio, Danny De La Paz, who's a Castro supporter. Julio is out to kill Juan for his disrespecting his sister by having her treated like she's a hooker. Robert tries to get Alexandra to come with him out of the war-torn island nation but she decides to stay in her beloved Cuba and face whatever the coming Castro regime has to offer her. With Robert leaving on the last plane out of the now rebel-controlled Havana Airport we see Alexandra, on the ground, in tears watching him leave Cuba as well as her heart forever. As for Alexandra's cheating husband Juan he get's just what's coming to him at the conclusion of the movie.

The film "Cuba" shows the audience just how things were on that island nation back in late 1958 and up to New Years Day 1959 when the Castro rebels took over the country. The last days of the Batista Regime were so weird and surrealistic that most of the people there couldn't fathom just what was happening and acted as if everything was just normal; as their world was slowly collapsing all around them.


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