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A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writer:

Charles Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Major Robert Dapes
Brooke Adams ... Alexandra Lopez de Pulido
Jack Weston ... Larry Gutman
Hector Elizondo ... Captain Raphael Ramirez
Denholm Elliott ... Donald Skinner
Martin Balsam ... General Bello
Chris Sarandon ... Juan Pulido
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Julio Mederos
Lonette McKee ... Therese Mederos
Alejandro Rey ... Faustino
Louisa Moritz ... Miss Wonderly
Dave King ... Miss Wonderly's Press Agent
Walter Gotell ... Don Jose Pulido
David Rappaport ... Jesus
Wolfe Morris ... General Fulgencio Batista
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Storyline

In the late 1950s, a British hireling is sent to Cuba to train Batista's army. They must be trained to fight Castro's army. While there, the Brit encounters an old love, who is married. While Castro's army wins more and more, their love revives. Written by R. Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Part Heaven... Part Hell... Pure Havana.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuba See more »

Filming Locations:

Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$527,540, 25 December 1979

Gross USA:

$5,610,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,610,280
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Holmby Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As this movie could not be filmed in Cuba, it was shot in Spain, which stood in for Cuba. Sir Sean Connery starred in this movie, and it's well known that he was the original James Bond. The Bond movie Die Another Day (2002) also used Spain to double for its scenes that were set in Cuba. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, a subtitle announces "1959", indicating the year in which the story takes place. However the actual date of the last event of the film - Fidel Castro riding into Havana, marking the completion of the Revolution - was 1 January 1959. All of the preceding events must have occurred in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Robert Dapes: [confronting a woman guerilla] It's a girl! I want to question her.
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Yes. First you, then she is 'questioned' by the sergeant and each of the men as many times as possible, and then two or three days later she is taken and shot. It would be much kinder to shoot her now.
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Alternate Versions

Although all previous versions were uncut the 2003 UK DVD version was edited by 24 secs to remove scenes of real cockfighting. See more »


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A Certain Smile
(uncredited)
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
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Below average--not up to the quality of the cast.
29 January 2003 | by poorichSee all my reviews

Very disappointing movie in spite of the good cast. No wonder Connery never mentions this film in discussions of his work. Weak plot, poorly written, makes little sense--it COULD have been a very good movie. Save your money--HAVANA with R. Redford has a better feel for the period and the fall of pre-Castro Cuba.


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