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638 Ways to Kill Castro (2006)

Dollan Cannell's documentary on the hundreds of alleged plots to assassinate Fidel Castro, and a look at the evolution of Cuban politics.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Smith ... Himself
Enrique Encinosa ... Himself
Enrique Ovares ... Himself (as Enrique O'Varez)
Fabian Escalante ... Himself
Antonio Veciana ... Himself
Robert Maheu ... Himself
E. Howard Hunt ... Himself (as Howard Hunt)
Félix Rodríguez ... Himself
Ann Louise Bardach ... Herself
Roseanne Nenninger Persaud ... Herself (as Roseanne Persaud)
Sharon Persaud ... Herself
Orlando Bosch ... Himself
Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles ... Himself (as Luis Posada)
Rodolfo Frómeta Caballero ... Himself (as Rodolfo Frómeta)
Teresita Frómeta ... Himself


In 1959, Fidel Castro overthrew the Fulgencio Batista led government of Cuba in a revolution. Soon afterward, the US government, alarmed at a communist nation so close to their shores, began working with Cuban exiles and dissenters to find some way to assassinate the new Cuban leader. This film covers some of the 638 alleged attempts to do so, the native collaborators involved and how Castro's security successfully frustrated them all. In addition, the film illustrates the tumultuous relations between the nations over the decades and the disreputable Cuban characters who are prepared to go to horrific extremes to achieve their political aims with US complicity. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The most spectacular of the plots against Castro.






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28 November 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

638 sätt att mörda Castro  »

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1.33 : 1
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An Inside Tale at the Would-Be Assassins of Castro
11 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is the story of the men who tried to kill Fidel Castro, the "world's most famous socialist".

Wayne Smith, former US diplomat, says America has felt that Cuba is rightfully ours to command, Castro is a "committed egalitarian" and Cuban refugees ended up in Miami, making Florida a hotbed of anti-Castro sentiment and activism (leading to Florida politicians being anti-Cuba).

There is no voting for president in Cuba, so opponents of Castro had little choice but to kill him, because there were no other ways to remove him.

There is a very odd scene in 1959, as New York seemed to welcome him and he and his son chatted openly with Edward R. Murrow. By Christmas the same year, the CIA was authorized to kill him.

Robert Maheu, former FBI agent, struggled with his conscience as a Roman Catholic, but ultimately figured if he could save one American life, it was worth killing Castro for, and he hires the Mafia to intervene.

The directors actually tracked down Howard Hunt, former CIA station chief, and got him to talk, which is amazing, and there's some very casual talk from the son of a would-be assassin, who is not only proud of his father, but has some very stereotypical and potentially racist views of Arabs, too. The film is somewhat damning of the Bush family, both directly and indirectly... especially Jeb and George, Sr.

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