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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>

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


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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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Production Co:

Holmby Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Neil Sinyard in his book "The Films of Richard Lester", states that this movie "developed originally out of an idea of Lester's own, inspired by a conversation with a friend about great modern leaders. From there, Lester's thoughts began to formulate in complex ways around Castro and Casablanca (1942) and out of that audaciously bizarre combination comes Cuba (1979)." See more »

Goofs

The story is supposed to take place in 1959 but the limousine is a 1961 Chrysler. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Bello: Major, tell me what your favorite weapon is, and I'll get it for you, whatever it is.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Brains!
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Alternate Versions

Although all previous versions were uncut the 2003 UK DVD version was edited by 24 secs to remove scenes of real cockfighting. See more »

Connections

Features Horror of Dracula (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
(uncredited) (1943)
Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Instrumental version heard at Christmas party
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Workmanlike thriller with a touch of individual Lester charm
14 May 2003 | by steve-raybouldSee all my reviews

An enjoyable thriller, which although filmed in Spain, manages to capture the atmosphere and lunacy of the last days of Batista's dictatorship perfectly. Probably a contractual purposes project on the behalf of director Lester, he manages to inject just enough of his own idiosyncratic style to lift this adventure flick out of the run of the mill. Connery is totally convincing in his role as Brit counter-insurgency advisor/mercenary. Brook Adams is stunning. Good anglo-american supporting cast. Plot begins to lose its impetus about a reel before the end, and at a running time of nearly two hours, is overlong. But well worth renting the video. Socialists will not find its political interpetation of events offensive, but may be puzzled or angered by the soundtrack over the final titles - as a victorious Fidel approaches the podium, chants of 'Fidel! Fidel!' are over dubbed with a Nuremberg chorus of 'Sieg Heil!'. Discuss.


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