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Havana (1990)

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, ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Bobby Duran
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Joe Volpi
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Menocal
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Marion Chigwell
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Julio Ramos
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Diane
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Patty
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Mike MacClaney
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Roy Forbes
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Captain Potts
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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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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Havanna  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,243,140 (USA)
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Trivia

Final cinema movie collaboration of director Sydney Pollack and star Robert Redford. The picture was made and released about five years after their penultimate venture Out of Africa (1985) which had won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in 1958, the garage scene uses a 1961 re-recorded version of Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters. This version was recorded for Dot Records, 2 years after the movies setting. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in The Directors: The Films of Sydney Pollack (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin
Performed by Doris Day
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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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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