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Comandante (2003)


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Named after Fidel Castro's nickname and military rank, Comandante is a 93-minute documentary taken from the over 30 hours of interview footage between the Cuban leader and filmmaker Oliver Stone. Capturing Stone's February 2002 trip to Cuba, the film includes three days of conversation between the two men in places like the Terraza restaurant in Cohima. Discussing his youth and rise to power, Castro also talks about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. embargo, and Cuba's place in the world.


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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

The pair make a smug double act, but you can't fault them for charisma.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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In all, we get a better sense of who this guy is, a man who has spent more time on the international stage than any world leader today.

January 30, 2003
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Even when he seems less than forthright, Castro rarely fails to come across as a genial, charismatic guy. But that might just be the magic of the movies.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

An opportunity frustratingly squandered, but one which still makes for fascinating viewing thanks to Castro's natural charisma. Errol Morris would have nailed it.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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The documentary that, according to HBO, isn't good enough for you to see.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source:

Fidel is up to everything Stone lobs gently at him, and even replies to the film-maker's rather crass philosophising, of which there is far too much.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Guardian

Ultimately, Comandante feels like little more than a backslapping love-in.

September 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

While it's fascinating to get Castro's perspective on things like the Bay of Pigs invasion, the missile crisis, US intervention in Latin America and the Cold War, we can't help but feel that Stone is bending this documentary for his own personal interest.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

As it would have probably taken another 30 hours to prise out more substantial detail from the man, you have to give Stone credit where it is due.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

While it's fascinating to get Castro's perspective ... we can't help but feel that Stone is bending this documentary for his own personal interest.

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

Stone should be justifiably proud, for he has crafted a compulsive piece of cinema.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

The result is a candid portrait, if not a multisided one, of a man whom the Western world has perhaps known little about other than his beard, his fatigues, his cigars.

April 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Fidel Castro wears Nike trainers & Oliver Stone looks like Saddam Hussain
April 17, 2006

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