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In 1950s Cuba, a professional gambler falls for a woman heavily involved in the revolution movement.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Judith Rascoe (story), Judith Rascoe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Jack Weil
Lena Olin ... Bobby Duran
Alan Arkin ... Joe Volpi
Tomas Milian ... Menocal
Daniel Davis ... Marion Chigwell
Tony Plana ... Julio Ramos
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Diane
Lise Cutter Lise Cutter ... Patty
Richard Farnsworth ... Professor
Mark Rydell ... Meyer Lansky
Vasek Simek Vasek Simek ... Willy
Fred Asparagus Fred Asparagus ... Baby Hernandez
Richard Portnow ... Mike MacClaney
Dion Anderson ... Roy Forbes
Carmine Caridi Carmine Caridi ... Captain Potts
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Storyline

Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her. Shortly after they arrive in Cuba, Roberta and her Cuban husband, the revolutionary Arturo, are arrested and tortured. Arturo is reported "shot while trying to escape," but Jack manages to get Roberta free again. He can't, however, keep her from continuing to support the revolution. Jack has to make a choice between the beautiful woman who keeps putting herself in harms way and the biggest poker game of his life; between the man he could be and the man he is. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A gambler who trusted no one. A woman who risked everything. And a passion that brought them together in the most dangerous city in the world.

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havanna See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,175,360, 12 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,243,140
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the sets were build in a Dominican air force base. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Roberta is standing up at the table where Jack is sitting and you can see his right shirt sleeve rolled way up revealing a bandage strip on his outer right forearm where he had the diamond removed. In the next and subsequent shots the bandage is not shown until Roberta rolls up his sleeve to reveal the bandage. See more »

Quotes

Jack Weil: I know I love you Bobbie. I also know that a butterfly can flutter its wings over China and cause a hurricane in the Caribbean. I believe it. They can even calculate the odds. It just isn't likely. And it takes so long.
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Connections

Referenced in Havana: Featurette (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Rum and Coca Cola
Written by The Lord Invador (uncredited) and Lionel Belasco (uncredited), often incorrectly attributed to Jeri Sullavan, Paul Baron and Morey Amsterdam
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Fantastique!! Beautiful desirable Lena!
21 November 2004 | by NsureyouSee all my reviews

A superb Havana noir set in 1958-9 and featuring three great actors, Robert Redford, Raul Julia, and Lena Olin. Lena is the object of desire for the male actors and for any living male in the audience! Robert Redford is an American gambler and poker player who works the high stakes poker games for his own account and for the Casino boss in Havana. Redford is debonair and sophisticated and a devout bachelor who is not looking for love, but it finds him. The beautiful Lena hires Redford to perform a task and he becomes deeply enamored of her. I think Lena Olin is one of the most underrated actresses in existence and also one of the most sensually beautiful. As the smitten Redford works the tables his thoughts continue to dwell on his desire, beautiful Lena, he is enthralled with her memory and must seek her to gain satisfaction. Revolutiuon is afoot and Cuba is both the best and worst of times. The Cuban scenery is beautiful. The movie will take you to a time that is past and no longer exists except in memory. A very beautiful movie with surprises and twists and turns in plot. A Sydney Pollack masterpiece. A treat awaits those who watch.


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