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Cuba (1979)

Cuba (1979)





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In director Richard Lester's Cuba, Sean Connery plays British soldier-of-fortune Robert Dapes, sent to Havana during the last days of the Batista regime. He is supposed to train Batista's soldiers for their upcoming confrontations with Castro's followers. As Dapes becomes increasingly sympathetic towards the rebel cause, he takes a few precious moments to renew his romance with Alexandra Pulido (Brooke Adams), who is now married to Juan Pulido (Chris Sarandon). The basic thrust of the film is that unchecked capitalism is perfectly capable of collapsing under its own weight -- and that lofty idealism can be easily forgotten once absolute power is within one's grasp.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Wood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Holmby Pictures


Sean Connery
as Major Robert Dapes
Brooke Adams
as Alexandra Pulido
Martin Balsam
as General Bello
Chris Sarandon
as Juan Pulido
Danny De La Paz
as Julio Mederos
Lonette McKee
as Therese Mederos
Alejandro Rey
as Faustino
Louisa Moritz
as Miss Wonderly
Dave King
as Press Agent
Walter Gotell
as Don Jose Pulido
Michael Scott Lees
as Maxwell-Lafroy
Wolfe Morris
as General Batista
Earl Cameron
as Col. Rosell Y. Leyva
Maria Charlès
as Senora Pulido
Tony Mathews
as Carrillo
Anthony Shaw
as Spencer
Raul Newney
as Painter
James Turner
as Chauffeur
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News & Interviews for Cuba

Critic Reviews for Cuba

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

A deeply flawed movie whose... willingness to complicate the genre it appears to inhabit make it much more valuable than its original reception was willing to admit.

Full Review… | July 4, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

A crushing bore. Even Connery can't save this one.

October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Incoherent look at life for the upper-crusts during the turbulent last days of the corrupt Batista regime.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Cuba

An attempt to show the life of rich Cubanos in the days leading up to Fidel's revolution. A documentary would probably be more interesting.

Capitalizing on Sean Connery's Fame as 007, he didn't depart much from that role , as he is a British Mercenary for Hire here.A somewhat Elegant Film with Superb Cinematography that offers glimpses into Local Customs, Rebel Cause & Effect, & The Excesses of the Powerful,such was life in 1959 Cuba.Quite interesting to tour the Cigar & Rum factories along with the slimey ,Jack Weston, as Gutman.Also quite interesting glimpse into the extent of what extremists, the Rebels ,were under the Batista regime, even if they did take liberties with the History.Sean Connery as Robert Dapes looses his Tough Guy Mercenary focus, when he is reunited briefly with the Love he lost 15 years earlier, Alexandra(Brooke Adams) who is now married into the most powerful family in Cuba, & is unwilling to give up her life of Luxury & Prominence for him.I enjoyed this Film very much.


From what I didn't sleep through, I saw excellent direction. But, I fell asleep, so therefore, I cannot review this film.

Richard Dempsey

Cuba Quotes

Robert Dapes: I'm not asking you to go on a holiday!
Alexandra Pulido: Don't shout. Robert, it's very nice of you and I know what you're saying. But I don't really know you, do I? You knew me when I was a silly girl of fifteen.
Robert Dapes: Seventeen!
Alexandra Pulido: Fifteen. I fell in love with a handsome British soldier. You know what I remember most about you? Your knees!
– Submitted by Christopher B (3 years ago)

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