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Havana (1990)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Weil
... Bobby Duran
... Joe Volpi
... Menocal
... Marion Chigwell
... Julio Ramos
Betsy Brantley ... Diane
Lise Cutter ... Patty
... Professor
... Meyer Lansky
Vasek Simek ... Willy
Fred Asparagus ... Baby Hernandez
... Mike MacClaney
... 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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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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Rated R for sensuality and strong language | See all certifications »
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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Havanna  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's main set, called "The Big Set", was a quarter-mile long street surrounded by facades representing casinos, restaurants and hotels. Interior scenes were shot in replicated casino floors, room suites and cafes. The Prado was replicated by the producers at a former air base in the Dominican Republic. To replicate the Prado, a team of about 300 tradesmen was used over 80 neon signs which needed to be made in the U.S. and shipped to the Dominican Republic. It took 20 weeks to construct "The Big Set". 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

Bobby Duran: How many times have you lost everything Jack?
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Connections

Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells
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Better than mediocre
7 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Havana is a favorite of mine. Sure it's a slick Hollywood movie but I thought Redford and Olin were marvelous together and fit their roles perfectly. Doesn't it seem natural to find Redford in exotic Havana playing cards on the eve of the revolution? And doesn't Olin's intelligence , charm, and beauty fit her role ? The supporting cast were flawless and the intriguing plot stood on it's own merit. The sentimental ending was superb and the musical score which received an academy award nomination was brilliant. Better than mediocre.


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