Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, this movie tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner and his encroaching fatalism as he watches Haiti sink into barbarism and poverty. Complications include his inability to sell the hotel so he can leave, a friendship with a rebel leader, some politically "charged" hotel guests, an affair with the German-born wife of a South American ambassador, and the manipulations of a British arms dealer who's in over his head.Written by
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When Brown and Smith are driven out to see "Duvalierville", they are in a 1962 Buick Electra convertible. However, when they return to the hotel, the group is in a 1964 Buick Skylark convertible. See more »
This movie is another of the many forgotten ones. The story line, though highly condensed, is faithful to the novel on which it is based. Both the novel and the film have relevant political lessons in spite of the writer's sanitized view of the communist party. I first saw this movie at a theater with my mother who presumed it would be funny. It frightened me since I was a second-grader who thought the atrocities were occurring in Florida because of the palm trees and proximity to the sea.
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