During Dirty War, half-English doctor in Argentina befriends the police, the rebels and the alcoholic Honorary British Consul, whose Latino wife he seduces. When the consul is mistakenly kidnapped by the rebels, he must pick a side.
A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »
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>
The film takes place from December 24, 1958 to January 2, 1959 and in 1963. See more »
Although the film is set in 1958, the garage scene uses a 1961 re-recorded version of Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters. This version was recorded for Dot Records, 2 years after the movies setting. See more »
I've been in a lot of places since Pearl Harbour. I like something about every one of them. Even Vegas. But there's only one city I miss. General Batista had been running the country for almost 30 years. But this was 1958. We weren't paying attention to the rebels in the hills. All we know about Havana was the lights in the Prado never went out and you had a damned good chance of having the time of your life.
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It's 15 years later, but seeing this film for the first time, I was surprised by its intensity, beauty, realism and acting. This is two thumbs up from my corner.
I totally believed both Olin and Redford. Yes, they're both very good looking people, but more than that, they both convey intelligence and real emotion. Their performances were relatively restrained and in my opinion that's a good thing.
As a person interested in politics and history, I found the film interesting and balanced especially considering that this was a studio product. This film made me want to learn more about Batista, Castro and Cuba's move for independence.
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