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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.

Director:

Bob Yari
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Ed Myers
Joely Richardson ... Mary Hemingway
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Hemingway's Untold Story

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Papa See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$475,224, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,115,516, 12 June 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Mariel is to PAPA's right at the birthday dinner scene. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Toyland
Composed by Oliver Armstrong
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music USA, Inc.
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Oh Papa, what happen!
3 May 2016 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

This true story about the relationship between journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc (Giovanni Ribisi) and legendary writer Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks) takes place during the 1959 Cuban Revolution. While Hemingway's granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway gets a brief cameo, co-stars Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) and Ribisi are left to fight to establish their place in the film. To blame here is Director Bob Yari ("Crash" 2004) and Editor Glen Scantlebury. With a beach scene between Hemingway, Mary and Denne incorrectly shot/edited (the beach shore can't be behind all of them) and scenes that stop and start, the already lackluster chemistry between the characters struggle. Even Writer Denne Bart Petitclerc's dialogue is choppy and weak, and this is his story. At least, Sparks does a nice job as Hemingway, providing something interesting to hang on to. I don't care if this is the first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba since 1959, I need more here and didn't get it.


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