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Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.

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David Attwood

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Stephen Tolkin (screenplay by), Georgie Anne Geyer (based on the book "Guerrilla Prince" written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Víctor Huggo Martin Víctor Huggo Martin ... Fidel Castro
Gael García Bernal ... Che Guevara
Patricia Velasquez ... Mirta
Cecilia Suárez ... Celia Sanchez
Maurice Compte ... Raul Castro
Margarita Rosa de Francisco ... Naty Revuelta (as Margarita d'Francisco)
Enrique Arce ... Rafael
José María Yazpik ... Camilo Cienfuegos
Manuel Sevilla Manuel Sevilla ... Abel Santamaria
Alejandra Gollas ... Haydeé Santamaría (as Alejandra Gollás)
Ernesto Godoy Ernesto Godoy ... Huber Matos
Guillermo Díaz ... Universo Sanchez
Tony Plana ... Gen. Fulgencio Battista
Mel Rodriguez ... Calixto Morales
Bobby Plasencia Bobby Plasencia ... Faustino Perez
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Fact-based (?) drama about the rise of Fidel Castro from a respected lawyer in Cuba to rabble-rousing dissident to power-hungry ruler of his nation. One wonders about the facts in this very homogenized presentation though. The story goes something like this: Fidel meets future wife, gets married, has a child, political aspirations get in way of family, Fidel has a politically-motivated affair, gets thrown in jail, gets expelled from the country, comes back and fights out of the jungle for a few years, casts then leader Baptistsa out of power and seizes leadership. Once seizing power, he kills everyone who opposes him or disagrees with him - although once again this aspect is very watered down. The promised idea of a free election is also quickly dismissed as not in the people's best interests. Fidel's immense popularity with the people at the time of his coming into power is depicted, but the anti-Castro thought is only briefly touched upon in a discussion with a former restaurant ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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He fought for freedom. He settled for power.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Fidel & Che See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Showtime Networks See more »
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A Reactionary Reading of a Revolutionary
15 January 2005 | by diedrichweissSee all my reviews

This film was well done technically, although the bias was so prevalent toward posing Castro as a monster with a gentleman's intellect that it felt fictional to anyone who understands modern Cuban history, not necessarily even sypathizes with Castro.

So, one can put this film on top of the pile of disinformation concerning Cuba and Castro that has been building devotedly in Miami by the displaced Cuban business class who fled Cuba long ago.

Castro is a controversial figure that inspires ideas and debate, not two-dimensional character assassination. His greatest friend in the world is Gabriel Garcia Marquez afterall.

I noticed another reviewer said Castro was worse than Saddam. This should prove my point quite clearly.


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