Our Man in Havana (1959)

Our Man in Havana (1959)

Our Man in Havana



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Graham Greene wrote this witty comedy inspired by Cold War paranoia. Jim Wormald (Alec Guiness) is an Englishman selling vacuum cleaners in Cuba on the cusp of the revolution. Hawthorne (Noel Coward), a British intelligence agent, is looking for information on Cuban affairs and recruits Jim to act as a spy. Jim has no experience in espionage and no useful knowledge to pass along, but Hawthorne is willing to pay for his services, and since Jim's daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has expensive tastes, he … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Graham Greene (I)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2009


as Jim Wormald

as Dr. Cart Hasselbache...

as Beatrice Evans

as Capt.Segura

as Hawthorne

as Milly Wonnald

as Hubert Carter

as Cifuentes

as MacDougal

as RAF Officer

as Dr. Braun

as Beautiful Woman
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Critic Reviews for Our Man in Havana

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

The mixture of mayhem and heehaw is particularly tricky to handle, and not even the sure hand of Director Reed has always achieved a smooth blend.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Polished, diverting entertainment, brilliant in its comedy but falling apart towards the end when undertones of drama, tragedy and message crop up.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
Top Critic

A real 'winds of change' film, with traditional values crumbling in the heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Guinness is wonderful.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

For those who regard Alec Guinness as the niftiest little con man on the screen, we will guarantee Our Man in Havana to be a source of immeasurable fun.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Guinness is in above-average form, and Ernie Kovacs is wonderful as the callous but charming government official with a soft spot for Guinness's daughter.

Full Review… | September 10, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

As hilarious as it is absurd, this droll comedy about spies in Cuba stars the prodigiously talented Guinness.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Our Man in Havana


This is from the Martini Movie Collection, There are a number of movies I never heard of in this collection. this one called Our Man in Havana. Its hard to decided if this is supposed to be a comedy, a suspense film or drama. This movie filmed in Cuba in 1959, before it closed its doors to America, also by the looks of things was quite rich and beautiful, a vacuum cleaner salesman is recruited to be a British Agent, he makes up intelligence and agents that do exist, everything is going alone fine till Britain awards him a secretary and then his world starts to crumple. A very enjoyable film noir title to say the least. The recipe along with this film is Cuban Martini, and you might need a few to help you enjoy the movie more. 3 1/2 stars for this one.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Alec Guinness plays the hapless secret agent in a tale of secret service blunders and ministers who can't lose face that still rings true today. Superbly clever yet still light and humorous entertainment. The most enjoyable movie from the B&W era that I've seen. Filmed during the first months of the Cuban revolutionary government, it was set shortly before the revolution and the Cuban missile crisis that it almost prophetically predicts.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Pretty good. Once again Carol Reed directs well.

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer

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