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Havana (1990)

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

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from December 24, 1958 to January 2, 1959 and in 1963. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[First lines]
Jack Weil: [Voice over] 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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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Beyond the Sea
(La Mer)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Much better than expected
27 January 2006 | by twistyhairSee all my reviews

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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