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Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana (1959)

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80

Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Movie Info

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

Unrated,

Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy

Graham Greene (I)

Feb 3, 2009

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2) | DVD (6)

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.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Polished, diverting entertainment, brilliant in its comedy but falling apart towards the end when undertones of drama, tragedy and message crop up.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A real 'winds of change' film, with traditional values crumbling in the heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Guinness is wonderful.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As hilarious as it is absurd, this droll comedy about spies in Cuba stars the prodigiously talented Guinness.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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So much potential in casting, script etc... but the translation from the book didn't quite make sense on screen.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

At once very much of its time and surprisingly modern and relevant to today.

February 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

... a dryly witty satire of the spy game.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

This is a quirky, often quite sardonic little film that starts off as a mild and witty comedy before shifting gears and becoming almost James Bond-like.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Incredibly droll, this Graham Greene-scripted black comedy offers a can't miss premise.

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

[A] fabulous satirical spy story.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A droll black comedy.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
March 11, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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A wry comedy and film noir classic. Carol Reed's direction is, as ever, beautiful and the performances are subtle but brilliant. Graham Greene's style is captured brilliantly in the performances, particularly in the London scenes. One question though, how did they get a Moris Minor to Cuba?
January 4, 2011
SirPant

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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.
December 12, 2009
RossCollinsUK

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Pretty good. Once again Carol Reed directs well.
September 6, 2006
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