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A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writer:

Charles Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Major Robert Dapes
Brooke Adams ... Alexandra Lopez de Pulido
Jack Weston ... Larry Gutman
Hector Elizondo ... Captain Raphael Ramirez
Denholm Elliott ... Donald Skinner
Martin Balsam ... General Bello
Chris Sarandon ... Juan Pulido
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Julio Mederos
Lonette McKee ... Therese Mederos
Alejandro Rey ... Faustino
Louisa Moritz ... Miss Wonderly
Dave King ... Miss Wonderly's Press Agent
Walter Gotell ... Don Jose Pulido
David Rappaport ... Jesus
Wolfe Morris ... General Fulgencio Batista
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Storyline

In the late 1950s, a British hireling is sent to Cuba to train Batista's army. They must be trained to fight Castro's army. While there, the Brit encounters an old love, who is married. While Castro's army wins more and more, their love revives. Written by R. Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Part Heaven... Part Hell... Pure Havana.


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuba See more »

Filming Locations:

Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$527,540, 25 December 1979

Gross USA:

$5,610,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,610,280
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Holmby Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As this movie could not be filmed in Cuba, it was shot in Spain, which stood in for Cuba. Sir Sean Connery starred in this movie, and it's well known that he was the original James Bond. The Bond movie Die Another Day (2002) also used Spain to double for its scenes that were set in Cuba. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, a subtitle announces "1959", indicating the year in which the story takes place. However the actual date of the last event of the film - Fidel Castro riding into Havana, marking the completion of the Revolution - was 1 January 1959. All of the preceding events must have occurred in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Robert Dapes: Why were those people shot?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Perhaps they tried to escape.
Maj. Robert Dapes: From what?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: From being shot.
Maj. Robert Dapes: But how did they know they were rebels?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Because they tried to escape.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Well, wouldn't you?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Of course.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Are you a rebel?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: If I try to escape, I am. Wasn't it the same in Malaya? You didn't know them till they ran.
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Although all previous versions were uncut the 2003 UK DVD version was edited by 24 secs to remove scenes of real cockfighting. See more »


Soundtracks

Waltz In C Sharp Minor, Op. 64
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Patrick Williams
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Diverse Action & Story
3 October 2004 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

Although the film is not terrific, what can be said for it is that a lot of effort was put into the creating of the film that was full of diverse action and story; from the film's beginning to the film's end not everything is so clear, and where the film is going is also uncertain.

By following the individual characters around Cuba, and by observing the personal backgrounds & lives of these characters, one gets a decent idea of what Cuba was like at this period of time (from the corruption to the guerrilla war) that is at the same time entertaining. Although at points some of the subplots interfere with the overall film, a decent job was done in this well-acted, well-shot film that combines a lot of themes and a lot of ideas with a diverse story. Overall, worth watching.


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