Oliver Stone's second documentary on/interview with Fidel Castro specifically addresses his country's recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents; namely, the execution of three men who hijacked a ferry to the United States.

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Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone (narration)
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Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
James Cason James Cason ... Himself (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Himself
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself (archive footage)
Miriam Laeba Miriam Laeba ... Herself
Claudia Marquez Linares Claudia Marquez Linares ... Herself
Osvaldo Payá Osvaldo Payá ... Himself
Blanca Reyes Blanca Reyes ... Herself
Vladimiro Roca Vladimiro Roca ... Himself
Filipe Perez Roque Filipe Perez Roque ... Himself (archive footage)
Elizardo Sanchez Elizardo Sanchez ... Himself
Oliver Stone ... Himself
Juanita Vera Juanita Vera ... Herself (Castro's Interpreter)
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Oliver Stone's second documentary on/interview with Fidel Castro specifically addresses his country's recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents; namely, the execution of three men who hijacked a ferry to the United States.

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USA

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English | Spanish

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14 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Cuba

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Bonus DVD disc included in the Ultimate Oliver Stone Collection, released in 2004. See more »

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Follows Comandante (2003) See more »

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18 April 2004 | by nothing_importantSee all my reviews

You'll know what I mean once you've seen the doc. The level of professionalism is ratcheted up to something akin to 60 Minutes over, say, typical documentary fare like Hidden in Plain Sight, which I have reviewed. There is no narration, although factoids appear a few times. And the interpreter is fairly impressive. I think I'd like the DVD if it had additional footage, which is inevitable here I think. If you have seen Buena Vista Social Club, you already have a feel for Cuba, which many Americans may not. I already knew that, for instance, Cuba's literacy rate is one of the best in the world. They generally do not suffer for lack of food either. The film makes references to the Cuban 5 and the Cuban international trade scenario. I suppose I will research further because the intent is to focus on Fidel here and it does that admirably. I felt like it dragged a little about 3o-45 minutes in, but Fidel's passion and struggle in having to face compromises in his wish to hold to certain revolutionary principles is more than charming. Small states are traditionally virtuous because they are weaker, and vice versa for big states, a point Castro manages to put in context without using it as a crutch. Watch for the shot of Che at the end, a startling likeness to Benicio Del Toro, who has looked like many.


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