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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Major Robert Dapes
... Alexandra Lopez de Pulido
... Larry Gutman
... Captain Raphael Ramirez
... Donald Skinner
... General Bello
... Juan Pulido
Danny De La Paz ... Julio Mederos
... Therese Mederos
... Faustino
... Miss Wonderly
Dave King ... Miss Wonderly's Press Agent
... Don Jose Pulido
... Jesus
Wolfe Morris ... General Fulgencio Batista
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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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One of three movies starring Sean Connery and Denholm Elliott, being the other two Robin and Marian (1976) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). See more »

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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 »

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Maj. Robert Dapes: Why were those people shot?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Perhaps they tried to escape.
Maj. Robert Dapes: From what?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: From being shot.
Maj. Robert Dapes: But how did they know they were rebels?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Because they tried to escape.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Well, wouldn't you?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: Of course.
Maj. Robert Dapes: Are you a rebel?
Capt. Raphael Ramirez: If I try to escape, I am. Wasn't it the same in Malaya? You didn't know them till they ran.
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Features Pillars of the Sky (1956) See more »

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Chantilly Lace
(uncredited) (1958)
Written and performed by The Big Bopper (as J.P. Richardson)
Heard at Christmas striptease
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Workmanlike thriller with a touch of individual Lester charm
14 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

An enjoyable thriller, which although filmed in Spain, manages to capture the atmosphere and lunacy of the last days of Batista's dictatorship perfectly. Probably a contractual purposes project on the behalf of director Lester, he manages to inject just enough of his own idiosyncratic style to lift this adventure flick out of the run of the mill. Connery is totally convincing in his role as Brit counter-insurgency advisor/mercenary. Brook Adams is stunning. Good anglo-american supporting cast. Plot begins to lose its impetus about a reel before the end, and at a running time of nearly two hours, is overlong. But well worth renting the video. Socialists will not find its political interpetation of events offensive, but may be puzzled or angered by the soundtrack over the final titles - as a victorious Fidel approaches the podium, chants of 'Fidel! Fidel!' are over dubbed with a Nuremberg chorus of 'Sieg Heil!'. Discuss.


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