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We Were Strangers (1949)

1932. The tyrannical and despotic government of President Machado has headed Cuba for seven years. The latest measure of that tyranny is the outlawing of public gatherings of more than four... See full summary »

Director:

John Huston

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Peter Viertel (screenplay), John Huston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... China Valdés
John Garfield ... Tony Fenner
Pedro Armendáriz ... Armando Ariete (as Pedro Armendariz)
Gilbert Roland ... Guillermo Montilla
Ramon Novarro ... Chief
Wally Cassell ... Miguel
David Bond ... Ramón Sánchez
José Pérez José Pérez ... Toto (as Jose Perez)
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Seymour
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1932. The tyrannical and despotic government of President Machado has headed Cuba for seven years. The latest measure of that tyranny is the outlawing of public gatherings of more than four people, such acts the government deeming treasonous. China Valdés, a young woman who works in an American bank in Havana, is generally non-political. However, she decides to join the revolutionary forces to avenge the murder of her activist brother Manolo - a murder she witnessed - at the hands of the government, the trigger pulled by a police officer she will eventually learn is named Armando Ariete. Her goal is to kill Ariete. Another of the revolutionaries, an American entertainment promoter named Tony Fenner, convinces her to hold off on her assassination, as he believes he has come up with a plan that can wipe out all the major government leaders in one fell swoop. Along with China and Tony, the Chief of the revolutionaries amasses a team of four non-related men - Guillermo, Ramón, Miguel and ... Written by Huggo

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CHINA VALDES...a woman of violent hates and fierce loves. TONY FENNER...a tough guy with a conscience...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rough Sketch See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Identified by critic Thom Andersen as an example of "film gris", a suggested sub-category of film noir incorporating a left-wing narrative. See more »

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This story is set in Cuba, a Spanish speaking country; however, the check that China presents at the bank is in English: TWO THOUSAND PESOS. See more »

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Referenced in Heavy Traffic (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

We Dig All Day We Dig All Night
(uncredited)
Performed by Gilbert Roland
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Decent film with a miscast leading lady
30 April 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Political drama of the initial Cuban upheaval pre-1933. Shown from the vantage point of the revolutionaries and their plot to overthrow the oppressive government in one fell swoop this is an unusual film for it's time period in that it doesn't shrink away from stating that the freedom workers might have to take innocent lives to achieve their goals. Huston's direction is assured and Garfield and Roland acquit themselves well but the picture is marred by two things. First is the overly obvious rear projection shots that occur throughout the film and the larger problem that Jones is miscast in a part that would have fit Katy Jurado like a glove. She seems neither gritty enough, she is consistently glamorous even when digging beneath a cemetery!!, nor even remotely Cuban to be believable. Not a bad film just flawed.


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