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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.

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Official Sites:

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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 Hemingway (Woman Guest) is the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. See more »

Goofs

When a gramophone is shown playing 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien' by Edith Piaf, a little over 35 minutes into the movie, a close-up of the record player reveals Russian characters along with numbers above the stylus (the Cyrillic equivalent of "GZM, 205D"). 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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Soundtracks

Arroz Con Pollo
Written and Performed by The Latin Mambo Orchestra featuring Martín Padilla
Written by Enzo Villaparedes and Daniel Indart'
Courtesy of LNS Records
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I just like hanging with Papa.
29 April 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way." Ernest Hemingway

Apropos of Hemingway's minimalism, director Bob Yari's Papa Hemingway in Cuba features his life only at the beginning of the Cuban revolution in 1959 and the end of his powers as a writer and a lover. Although it is always difficult to imagine such a gifted man giving up on life, this film is explicit about his self perceptions and his delusions.

As played by look alike Adrian Sparks, Hemingway dismisses most other adults but is solicitous of a young writer/reporter, Ben Myers (Giovanni Ribisi), who has written to Hemingway and is subsequently invited to visit the manse in Cuba. Ben is really this screenwriter Denne Bart Peticlerc, who had the original experience with Hemingway.

While learning to fish from the master, Ben also learns of the trouble in paradise, beginning with family and moving from there to the feds. Although such discord often begets great writing, for neither writer does it provide much inspiration.

Not that Hemingway had it easy, for the FBI, the IRS, and seemingly the mob want a piece of the enormous celebrity known as Papa. Ben has his difficulties with his own absence from his love, Debbie (Minka Kelly), and inevitably incurs the wrath of the man himself for mistakenly thinking Ben is selling him out. By then, the genius was suspecting just about everyone.

As in recent bios of Chet Baker and Hank Williams, the abuses of these artists become clichéd, one for alcohol, another for drugs, another for womanizing, and the list goes on. Although Hemingway's story here walks the same path, few can match the splendor of his oeuvre.

I just enjoy being in his presence, and while no new territory, I am happy to be reminded that humans can achieve such a sublime state and yet be as flawed as I.

That's entertainment!


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