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Menocal
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Marion Chigwell
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Mike MacClaney
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Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her. Shortly after they arrive in Cuba, Roberta and her Cuban husband, the revolutionary Arturo, are arrested and tortured. Arturo is reported "shot while trying to escape," but Jack manages to get Roberta free again. He can't, however, keep her from continuing to support the revolution. Jack has to make a choice between the beautiful woman who keeps putting herself in harms way and the biggest poker game of his life; between the man he could be and the man he is. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A gambler who trusted no one. A woman who risked everything. And a passion that brought them together in the most dangerous city in the world.

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Rated R for sensuality and strong language | See all certifications »
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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,243,140 (USA)
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Many of the extras and background artists in the picture were exiled and political refugee Cubans who had migrated from Cuba to the Dominican Republic where the movie was shot. Director Sydney Pollack has said of this: "The atmosphere became quite emotional . . . They remembered the old days in Havana. Our set took them back thirty years". See more »

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In the final conversation between Jack Weil and Bobby Duran, Jack refers to the Butterfly Effect as if it was already theorized and calculated. This is supposed to be the following days after the Cuban Revolution blasts, in early 1959. Although the idea of the ripple effect exists since before, the way Jack refers to it should only be possible to know after that, as related to the work of Edward Lorenz. This mathematician and meteorologist wrote a paper for the New York Academy of Sciences in 1963 noting "One meteorologist remarked that if the theory were correct, one flap of a seagull's wings could change the course of weather forever." In later speeches and papers, Lorenz used the more poetic word butterfly. See more »

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[Bobby Duran enters a restaurant where Jack Weil is sitting]
Bobby Duran: Were you waiting for me?
Jack Weil: All my life.
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A love story set against one of the sexiest, most dangerous and most glamorous cities in the world…

Jack Weil, played by Robert Redford, feels at home in this corrupt city… He's a professional gambler looking for the game of his life… He played in every Elks Club and Moose Hall in America… He remembers every hand of every game and now he wants a shot, only one shot in Havana…

But while he is on the verge of winning everything Bobby Duran (Lena Olin) has lost all she ever knew… Olin plays the wife of a Cuban revolutionary, Raul Julia… Bobby has nothing to lose or to protect… And in a super-natural and strange way Jack reaches her… And so, as Cuba crumbles Jack is drawn in Bobby's world of the revolutionaries and, in one crucial moment he sees himself he must choose between the greatest card game of his life and the woman he loves…

There's a kind of exotic combination between Redford and Olin's characters… Between Redford's very American, blond, golden look and Olin's dark, intense Swedish expression…

Sydney Pollack's "Havana" is a love story that takes place during the week of Christmas, 1958 which was the last week Batista was in power before Castro came in… It was the last week of this kind of a circus that Havana was… An attractive city full of gambling, of burlesque, of every kind of hedonistic pleasure possible…


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