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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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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
Betsy Brantley ...
Diane
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Patty
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Baby Hernandez
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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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Drama | Romance | War

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,243,140 (USA)
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Actor Raul Julia appeared in a significant supporting role in the film without any credit or billing at all in the film. Julia chose to be uncredited because producers for contractual reasons could not accommodate Julia's request for him to be billed second alongside Robert Redford, as the top two above-the-title star-teaming credits had already been signed over to top first-billed Redford and second-billed actress Lena Olin, with the third billed credit already having been contracted to actor Alan Arkin. According to the "LA Times", Raul Julia's agent Jeff Hunter said: "Our usual above-the-title credit wasn't available. So we decided not to take any credit at all". Director Sydney Pollack said told the same paper: "The only billing left for Julia was to be stacked with the rest of the names . . . his agent felt that would be a step backward" and there is a dilemma when there is "an actor on the ascendancy, like [Raul] Julia, and you ask the actor to do a role that's somewhat smaller [than their emerging star status]". Julia had found rising star status since his performance in the Academy Award winning film Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). See more »

Goofs

The final scene takes place, according to the movie, in 1963 so the Santo Domingo reference would be correct. 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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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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Fantastique!! Beautiful desirable Lena!
21 November 2004 | by (Jolly Knoxville, TN) – See all my reviews

A superb Havana noir set in 1958-9 and featuring three great actors, Robert Redford, Raul Julia, and Lena Olin. Lena is the object of desire for the male actors and for any living male in the audience! Robert Redford is an American gambler and poker player who works the high stakes poker games for his own account and for the Casino boss in Havana. Redford is debonair and sophisticated and a devout bachelor who is not looking for love, but it finds him. The beautiful Lena hires Redford to perform a task and he becomes deeply enamored of her. I think Lena Olin is one of the most underrated actresses in existence and also one of the most sensually beautiful. As the smitten Redford works the tables his thoughts continue to dwell on his desire, beautiful Lena, he is enthralled with her memory and must seek her to gain satisfaction. Revolutiuon is afoot and Cuba is both the best and worst of times. The Cuban scenery is beautiful. The movie will take you to a time that is past and no longer exists except in memory. A very beautiful movie with surprises and twists and turns in plot. A Sydney Pollack masterpiece. A treat awaits those who watch.


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