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Havana 57 (2012)

TV-14 | | Drama | 6 March 2013 (USA)
Havana 1957, "Sin Capital of the World" - Mafia run nightclubs, sex, drugs, booze and gambling. President Batista heads a dictatorship benefiting wealthy Yankee corporations; student ... See full summary »


Jim Purdy


Jim Purdy (screenplay), Harlan Abrahams (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Riedinger ... Rubén Vélez
Elisabetta Fantone ... Juliana
Paulino Nunes ... Salvador Masvidal
Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll ... Luis
Nicola Correia-Damude ... Carla Leon (as Nicola Correia Damude)
David Calderisi ... Moretti
Tony Nardi ... Captain Calzado
Daniel DeSanto ... Officer Lino
Maria Leisa Olivera Maria Leisa Olivera ... Mama Velez
Gerry Mendicino ... Captrain Ramiro Ibanez
Joseph Di Mambro ... Jacinto Perez De Cobo
Patricio Wood Patricio Wood ... Enrique de Cobo
Javier Farro Javier Farro ... Mariano
Carmen Garcia Carmen Garcia ... Conchita
Oton Blanco Oton Blanco ... Carlos Leon


Havana 1957, "Sin Capital of the World" - Mafia run nightclubs, sex, drugs, booze and gambling. President Batista heads a dictatorship benefiting wealthy Yankee corporations; student radicals rally with the poor, and revolutionaries. Ruben Velez, a young cop believes in law and order where his fellow officers control the population with torture, intimidation, and murder. His partner, a dirty cop cold-bloodily murders a student and Velez's outrage is met with indifference and a warning: play the game or suffer the consequences. Juliana a beautiful Tropicana dancer identifies the corpse of a dancer whose murder Velez investigates. Juliana, a mobster's lover, feeds Velez inside information on the mob and its business---is she carrying out some elaborate game? Playing off the cop against the mob? Or is she falling in love with Velez. Written by Havana 57

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Those were dangerous times.





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When Detective Velez leaves hospital after being grazed by a bullet, the wound is closed with butterfly dressings. Their use would not become widespread for another 20 or 30 years. See more »


References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

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5 December 2013 | by rchoyleSee all my reviews

I am amazed their have not been any reviews posted yet for this brilliant piece of work! I'm a huge fan of these lesser known independent flicks! Just love it when I come across one especially when at first I don't know what to expect, but what I found here was 90 minutes that was very well spent watching a movie with a very believable portrayal of Cuba before the fall of the Batista regime and when Castro took over and everything changed. But prior to that, for what I have been led to believe, Cuba was like the Wild West full of corruption and sin on every corner and this movie depicts 50's Cuba as it was portrayed in other films. Godfather 3 comes to mind. The storyline was nothing short of brilliant and had my attention from the opening scene! What you will not find me doing is posting reviews about popular major studio pictures. Those have 500 reviews and their is no room for anymore, but with a movie like this and no reviews, I'm honoured to put my stamp of approval on this little known gem and I will keep this movie as one of the better ones I have come across recently! That's all I will say about it. If you want to know more, you'll have to watch it and take my word for it, it will be time well spent!

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6 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Havana, Cuba See more »


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CAD5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Stereo



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1.85 : 1
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