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Comandante (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 June 2003 (Spain)
Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.

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Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone (narration)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fidel Castro ... Himself
Oliver Stone ... Himself
Juanita Vera Juanita Vera ... Herself (Castro's Interpreter)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Eva Perón ... Herself (archive footage)
Janet Reno Janet Reno ... Herself (archive footage)
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Comandante is a political documentary film by American director Oliver Stone. In the film, Stone interviews Cuban leader Fidel Castro on a diverse range of topics. Stone and his film crew visited Castro in Cuba for three days in 2002, and the film was released in 2003, having its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival early that year.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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USA | Spain

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Comandante Fidel Castro See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€32,248 (Spain), 8 June 2003, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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The film was partly produced by HBO and was planned for broadcast. Shortly before airtime, after Cuba executed three hijackers of a ferry to the United States and imprisoned more than 70 political dissidents, HBO pulled the program. See more »

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References Gladiator (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Buena Vista Social Club
Written by Cachao (as Israel López)
Performed by Buena Vista Social Club
(p) & © 2003 BMG Music Spain, S.A.
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Lower your expectations...
7 April 2004 | by Decko_koji_obecavaSee all my reviews

Like one of the previous reviewers I also recently saw 'Comandante' on Canadian cable outlet CBC Newsworld...

Nothing earth shattering to report here: to the extent that I'm even having trouble labeling the movie interesting, which is quite a surprise considering the array of historically significant topics and events it touches on - though I must say seeing Fidel sport a black pair of Nikes as he paces around his office (apparently on regular basis to get exercise) might alone be worth the price of admission.

Observant audience members will also notice he grows his fingernails long for no apparent reason, which I guess is the kind of vanity one engages in after ruling a nation with an iron fist for 40+ years.

Those expecting Bill O'Reilly-type barrage of aggressive queries thrown Fidel's way will be more than disappointed. If you've ever wondered what it would be like if Robin Leech and pre-'View' Barbara Walters morphed into single person who then got an assignment to interview a sitting president.... well, you may have gotten your answer in Stone's laid back style.

Though it's clearly not all Oliver's fault, I'm really none the wiser about Fidel after 'Comandante' than I was, say, about JaRule following his appearance on MTV's 'Cribs'.

The reasons why this 2-colourful-guy chitchat ended up on TV instead of being released in the theaters are very much political and duly reflect America's current paranoid social climate.

However, in the end the movie actually profited from such skullduggery since even on the small screen I found it only marginally arousing. Having to pay $12 ticket for this would really be a bummer.


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