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

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End fifties a British hireling is send to Cuba to train the Basistas. They must be trained to fight Castro's army. In Cuba he encounters an old love, who is married in the mean time. While Castro's army wins more and more their love revives... Written by R. Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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


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$527,540, 23 December 1979, Limited Release

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$527,540, 23 December 1979
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Walter Gotell plays Don José Pulido in this movie. Gotell is known for appearing five times, as General Gogol, in the James Bond movie franchise, of which Sean Connery was the first James Bond. Both appeared in From Russia with Love (1963) (Gotell played Morzeny) but never did a Bond movie together where Gotell played Gogol. See more »

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The story is supposed to take place in 1959 but the limousine is a 1961 Chrysler. See more »

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Jingle Bell Rock
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Fascinating backdrop but an ultimately disappointing film
13 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This drama/love story could have been excellent. Played out against the last months of the corrupt and US/UK-supported Batista regime, the collapse of the old society as Castro's fidelistas begin to take over is shown compellingly. The point is well made that a revolution will only succeed if the people are behind it which, in this instance, they clearly were.

It's a shame that the movie couldn't have been filmed in Cuba, as of course all the famous landmarks of Havana are missing, but its real problems are threefold.

Firstly the storyline is confusing, complicated and unconvincing, with none of the characters being allowed to hold one's attention.

Secondly, the acting is poor. Even Sean Connery - who is normally excellent - seems to have had his mind on other things the whole time.

And thirdly, for some inexplicable reason, the chanting of 'Fidel' as Castro enters Havana in triumph morphs into a Nazi crowd chanting 'Sieg Heil'. Whatever was this trying to say? When Castro actually came into power, one of the first things he did was to open all the 'whites-only' clubs to black people, and to make it clear in an early speech that there was no such thing as a superior race. To liken Castro to Hitler is a travesty of the facts.

So, ultimately a flawed film. Watch it not for the story or the 'message' but for what is going on in the background.


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