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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 »

Director:

Jim Purdy

Writers:

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 Gerry Mendicino ... Captrain Ramiro Ibanez
Joseph Di Mambro 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
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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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A cinema marquee is showing Touch of Evil. The film is set in 1957 Havana, but Orson Welles' film was not released until April 1958. That film also features an honest cop trying to overcome a corrupt justice system. See more »

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Beautiful Scenery, Not So Beautiful Acting
4 February 2014 | by buckcashSee all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie, especially given the glowing review by a previous reviewer, and perhaps I went into it with my expectations too high because of that.

My impression as I watched was that it had beautiful scenery, terrific sets, locations, props and actors. Visually, it was quite fantastic in an eye-candy sort of way. I thought the camera work and lighting were quite nicely done.

But the acting, to me, was not beautiful at all. From my point of view, it was quite stilted, stiff, dialogue delivered as if read from cue cards by students of over-clear enunciation school. It just didn't come off as natural to me, and kept me from immersing myself in the story, unfortunately.

When one actor's work in a film comes off as unconvincing or amateurish, I put the blame on that actor. But when it's a problem with all or nearly all of the actors in a film, I put the blame on the director, and that's the case here.

The story itself was mediocre, standard-fare good-cop-surrounded-by-bad- elements stuff, with no real surprises or notable twists to speak of, unless you're very new to the genre, which I'm not.

In the end, it's nothing I'd care to see again and, knowing what I know now, had I missed it, that would have been okay too.


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