We Were Strangers (1949)

We Were Strangers


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Set in the Cuba of 1933, We Were Strangers stars John Garfield as revolutionary-minded Tony Fenner. A member of an underground movement dedicated to toppling the despotic Machado regime, Tony supervises the booby-trapping of a cemetery where several top Cuban officials are planning to converge for a state funeral. Also involved in the assassination scheme is China Valdes (Jennifer Jones), whose brother had been executed by the government. As often happens in a John Huston film, the best-laid … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Sylvester, John Huston, Peter Viertel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005



as Tony Fenner

as China Valdes

as Armando Ariete

as Guillermo

as Miguel

as Toto

as Bank manager

as Roberto

as Bombmaker

as Sanitation Man

as Sanitation Man

as Enrico

as Student

as Clerk

as Consuelo

as Truck Driver

as Altar Boy

as Flower Vendor

as Contreras

as Contreras' Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for We Were Strangers

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Nestled in amongst Key Largo, and The Asphalt Jungle; this John Huston pro-uprising film has somehow slipped through our memory. Demands to be rediscovered.

Full Review… | February 7, 2015
Dial M For Movies

The stark claustrophobia of the compositions is continuously goosed by urgent surrealism

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Grim historical thriller.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
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Full Review… | February 26, 2005
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March 4, 2013

Audience Reviews for We Were Strangers

Political drama of the initial Cuban upheaval pre-1933. Shown from the vantage point of the revolutionaries and their plot to overthrow the oppressive government in one fell swoop this is an unusual film for it's time period in that it doesn't shrink away from stating that the freedom workers might have to take innocent lives to acheive their goals. Huston's direction is assured and Garfield and Roland acquit themselves well but the picture is marred by two things. First is the overly obvious rear projection shots that occure throughtout the film and the larger problem that Jones is miscast in a part that would have fit Katy Jurado like a glove. She seems neither gritty enough, she is consistently glamourous even when digging beneath a cemetery!!, nor even remotely Cuban to be believable. Not a bad film just flawed.

jay nixon

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