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28 November 2006 (UK) See more »
The most spectacular of the plots against Castro.
Dollan Cannell's documentary on the hundreds of alleged plots to assassinate Fidel Castro, and a look at the evolution of Cuban politics. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Entertaining, but unfocused documentary See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
Wayne Smith ... Himself
Enrique Encinosa ... Himself
Enrique Ovares ... Himself (as Enrique O'Varez)
Fabian Escalante ... Himself
Antonio Veciana ... Himself
Robert Maheu ... Himself
E. Howard Hunt ... Himself (as Howard Hunt)
Félix Rodríguez ... Himself
Ann Louise Bardach ... Herself
Roseanne Nenninger Persaud ... Herself (as Roseanne Persaud)
Sharon Persaud ... Herself
Orlando Bosch ... Himself
Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles ... Himself (as Luis Posada)
Rodolfo Frómeta Caballero ... Himself (as Rodolfo Frómeta)
Teresita Frómeta ... Himself
Orlando Moreno ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Dollan Cannell 
Produced by
Kari Lia .... producer
Peter Moore .... executive producer
Original Music by
Samuel Sim 
Cinematography by
Petra Graf 
Michael Timney 
Film Editing by
Oliver Huddleston 
Production Management
Samantha Chambers .... production manager
Sound Department
Bob Jackson .... dubbing mixer
Editorial Department
Adam Grant .... on-line editor
Jonathan Lieb .... colorist
Mark Towns .... additional editor
Other crew
Tom Fox .... additional researcher
Samantha Lawrence .... head of production

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78 min | Finland:75 min
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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining, but unfocused documentary, 17 March 2007
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

638 Ways to Kill Castro screened at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. It is a fun and entertaining film to watch, but the lightheartedness and focus on the silliest of the plots against Castro often seems to undermine the audience's ability to take the film and the issues they are raising seriously. The choice of editing in footage from old black and white crime noir movies into a documentary to illustrate plots to kill Castro is an odd one that seems to detract from the factual nature of the documentary.

The film starts by focusing on the humorous nature of the CIA and Cuban exile plots against Castro and then seems to turn suddenly to the subject of terrorist acts by the anti-Castro groups. The two subjects really seem to be separate, albeit related, ones. The film's style and approach mocks the anti-Castro groups even though their actions and their influence in American politics is very serious. These groups are easy targets, because they are so outlandish and often ridiculous. On the other hand, they give short shrift to genuine reasons that the anti-Castro groups hate the Cuban dictator and what he's done to their country. In so doing the film portrays Castro as a heroic figure and mostly ignores the human rights violations of his regime. Just because the anti-Castro groups are ridiculous, doesn't mean that Castro should be viewed as the savior of Cuba.

Late in the film, the documentary focuses on the fundamental contradictions between the U.S. "War on Terror" and its support of anti-Castro "terrorists." This would have made a much more substantive topic for a documentary than the putting so much focus on the many silly plots against Castro. While the documentary provides a good window on an important subject, it could have been a much better and more informative film than it ended up if the film makers were more focused and less interested in mocking the anti-Castro groups and U.S. policy.

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