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Extremely Funny Stuff
I saw this film when it premiered in the U.S. and have been waiting, waiting, waiting for it to get into distribution so I can see it again. Jean Reno and Gerard Depardieu are such an odd and wonderful pairing. I think only French actors and a French director could have done such an unlikely thing so well. These are two of the finest actors each in their own right; but they manage to put egos aside while coming up with odd little nuances that had me crying with laughter.
Personally, I found it refreshing to see a story that I haven't seen a thousand times already and especially a comedy that does not rely on stale or embarrassing humor. Thumbs up for Francis Veber (Writer/Director) for an original and engaging film!
The film is sophisticated, touching and endearing. I am genuinely surprised that it never hit the U.S. market.
Much better than expected
It's 15 years later, but seeing this film for the first time, I was surprised by its intensity, beauty, realism and acting. This is two thumbs up from my corner.
I totally believed both Olin and Redford. Yes, they're both very good looking people, but more than that, they both convey intelligence and real emotion. Their performances were relatively restrained and in my opinion that's a good thing.
As a person interested in politics and history, I found the film interesting and balanced especially considering that this was a studio product. This film made me want to learn more about Batista, Castro and Cuba's move for independence.