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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).
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Some of the sets were build in a Dominican air force base.
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When the film was in development in the late 1970s, Jack Nicholson and Jane Fonda were set to play the lead roles, but when production took too long, both dropped out.
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Sharon Stone was considered for the role of Bobby Duran which was cast in the end with Lena Olin.
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Nick Nolte turned down the central character role of Jack Weil which in the end was cast with Robert Redford.
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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.
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The picture features approximately one hundred 1950s era vintage American buses, trucks and automobiles.
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Director Sydney Pollack originally wanted to film the picture in Havana itself. Reportedly, the reasons for why this could not be achieved were threefold: (1) American citizens could not legally go to Cuba at the time (2) United States of America law prohibited producers spending money in Cuba at the time and (3) International relations between Cuba and the USA at the time in 1989-1990 were politically sensitive and were inimical to shooting in Cuba. Alternately, therefore the film was shot somewhere else, and filmed entirely in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean region of Central America.
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One of seven pictures director Sydney Pollack made with actor Robert Redford.
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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".
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The film's main set, called "The Big Set", was a quarter-mile long street surrounded by facades representing casinos, restaurants and hotels. Interior scenes were shot in replicated casino floors, room suites and cafes. The Prado was replicated by the producers at a former air base in the Dominican Republic. To replicate the Prado, a team of about 300 tradesmen was used over 80 neon signs which needed to be made in the U.S. and shipped to the Dominican Republic. It took 20 weeks to construct "The Big Set".
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Robert Redford originally wanted Michelle Pfeiffer for the lead role of Bobby Duran but she turned it down.
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The film takes place from December 24, 1958 to January 2, 1959 and in 1963.
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Lena Olin was dating Robert Redford. They started dating in 1990 after meeting on the sets of the movie "Havana" The kiss" at the Première of the movie was for real. They say that after the Movie was finished Lena & Redford had a love affair till 1991.
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The film was made and released approximately one decade after the subject similar and thematically related picture Cuba (1979) directed by Richard Lester.
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The Robert Redford starring picture in 1991 was able to garner an Academy Award nomination for Dave Grusin for Best Music, Original Score but lost out on the Oscar to John Barry for Dances with Wolves (1990). Grusin had previously won a Best Music Score Oscar for director Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) around a couple of years earlier.
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The picture featured about 2000 extras and background artists requiring around 8000 to 10000 outfits and costumes with many of these requiring many and frequent costume changes throughout the film's production.
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It was decided to make the entire film in the Dominican Republic. The vegetation was the same, and Santo Domingo offered certain architectural similarities, though not a wide boulevard like Havana's famous Prado (Paseo de Marti). The end scene was filmed in Key West, Florida.
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Sonia Braga was offered to play Bobby Duran, but turned it down. The part was cast in the end with Lena Olin.
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The film's original screenplay was written during the mid-1970s by Judith Rascoe.
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The principal photography production shoot for this picture ran a little over around five months.
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