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Our Man in Havana (1959)

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writer:

Graham Greene (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Jim Wormold
Burl Ives ... Dr. Hasselbacher
Maureen O'Hara ... Beatrice Severn
Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Segura
Noël Coward ... Hawthorne
Ralph Richardson ... 'C'
Jo Morrow ... Milly Wormold
Grégoire Aslan ... Cifuentes (as Gregoire Aslan)
Paul Rogers ... Hubert Carter
Raymond Huntley ... General
Ferdy Mayne ... Prof. Sanchez
Maurice Denham ... Admiral
Joseph G. Prieto Joseph G. Prieto ... Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
Duncan Macrae ... MacDougal
Gerik Schjelderup Gerik Schjelderup ... Svenson
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Storyline

Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Hasselbacher suggests that the best secrets are known to no one, he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provides fictional tales for the benefit of his masters in London. He is soon seen as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere but it all begins to unravel when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his "network" and he learns that he is the target of a group out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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A murderously funny story, magnificently cast....marvelously made !


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Official Sites:

Sony Movie Channel

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuestro hombre en La Habana See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kingsmead Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Wormold (Sir Alec Guinness) is raising his daughter, Milly, as a Catholic on the wishes of his estranged wife, although he is not Catholic. Guinness and the book's author, Graham Greene, were Protestants who converted to Catholicism. Guinness and his wife converted in 1956. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Wormold and Milly walk across the airport apron they pass in front of a Bristol Britannia, behind which is a Douglas DC-7. When Segura drives up and they turn round to speak to him, the Britania has disappeared, and they are now directly in front of the Douglas. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hasselbacher: It was a dream. This is reality. Just the same it was none of their business, was it... if I wanted to dream?
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Connections

Featured in Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

¿Domitila, dónde vas?
(uncredited)
Written by Ricardo Díaz
Sung often by the three street musicians
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Graham Greene at his cinematic best.
11 April 2006 | by jamesbkozak-1See all my reviews

This is one of Alec Guiness's best performances. The whole film is understated and takes into account the arid wit of the novel. Graham Greene usually buries humor in dark text that deals with one man's coming to grips with some moral or religious crisis. In Our Man in Havana Greene sets aside his usual level of introspection-made-manifest and dwells upon the absurdity of a small man with a small life that is drawn into circumstances that quite outdistance his usual worldly sphere of experience and expectation. A vacuum cleaner salesman is drawn into a vortex of espionage and intrigue. He has to create from whole cloth scenarios to satisfy his spy-master contacts. Due to his agility at fabrication he becomes regarded as an indispensable operative and ultimately draws upon a well of heretofore untapped personal resources in order to save the day. Guiness, alternating between bewilderment and resolve paints a lovable portrait of a man pinned between a bedrock sense of duty and a stomach-emptying realization of being completely out of his depth. It's a sin and a shame that this film is not available in any format in any country.


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