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Papa Hemingway in Cuba (2015)

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In 1959, a young journalist ventures to Havana, Cuba to meet his idol, the legendary Ernest Hemingway who helped him find his literary voice, while the Cuban Revolution comes to a boil around them.


Bob Yari
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Ed Myers
Joely Richardson ... Mary Hemingway
Adrian Sparks Adrian Sparks ... Ernest Hemingway
Minka Kelly ... Debbie Hunt
Shaun Toub ... Evan Shipman
James Remar ... Santo Trafficante Jr.
Anthony Molinari ... John Fletcher
Jeff Jonas ... Jim Miller
Roger Zamudio Roger Zamudio ... Sinsky
Roque Moreno Roque Moreno ... Luis Herrara
Joseph Bertót ... Roberto Herrara
Alexis Díaz de Villegas ... Paxtchi Ibarlucia
Rodrigo Obregón ... Lucas
Orian Suarez Orian Suarez ... Juan
Lorenzo Castillo Lorenzo Castillo ... Rene


Directed by the Producer of the Academy Awarding Winner "Crash and "The Illusionist", "PAPA Hemingway In Cuba" is a true story about the relationship between Miami journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc (Giovanni Ribisi) and legendary writer Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks). Set during the Cuban revolution, the film co-stars Joely Richardson and Minka Kelly with a cameo by Hemingway's granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway. "PAPA: Hemingway In Cuba" was shot on location in Havana and inside Hemingway's estate, Finca Vigia. It is the first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba since 1959. Written by Anonymous

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Hemingway's Untold Story


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Partly filmed at Ernest Hemingway's former home "Finca Vigia" in Cuba. See more »


An hour into the film, Ed gets into a cab. When he closes the door you can clearly see a NO SMOKING symbol on the car's window, a symbol that was not used until decades later when smoking bans came into effect. See more »


[first lines]
Ed Myers: [narrating] In the way of things, fathers are by tradition in compassion supposed to leave their sons at least a little legacy of wisdom to help them get through life. But I don't remember my father ever saying anything memorable. Except those seven words he said that Christmas season, when I was four years old.
Ed's Father: Wait here, son. I'll be right back...
Ed Myers: I grew up an orphan, like many other children abandoned during the Depression.
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Arroz Con Pollo
Written and Performed by The Latin Mambo Orchestra featuring Martín Padilla
Written by Enzo Villaparades and Daniel Indart'
Courtesy of LNS Records
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It's about family
29 April 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

Papa is lovingly photographed in Cuba where the story takes place in 1959, with an aging and depressed Ernest Hemingway, a Cuban revolution, and a young reporter who develops a relationship with Hemingway. Adrian Sparks captures Ernest Hemingway to such an extent that we believe we are watching home movies of the real Hemingway. It's helped by being filmed in Hemingway's Cuban home, which is now a national museum. Joely Richardson is similarly marvelous in the role of Hemingway's wife.

The film has a quiet lyrical tone even while there are turbulent under currents involving Batista, J. Edgar Hoover, the Mafia, and Fidel Castro's rebels. But the heart of the story is the relationship between the reporter (Giovanni Ribisi) and the Hemingways, as the orphaned reporter becomes part of their "family" and learns for himself what being part of a family truly means.

The film will have limited appeal and is best viewed by people interested in Hemingway, or the Cuban revolution, or intense family dramas. AS an added bonus, there are lots of 1950s cars on display, which is a real treat for the eyes.

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29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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$475,224, 1 May 2016

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