The Lost City (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Its heart is in the right place, but what starts as a promising exercise devolves into an overlong, unevenly directed disappointment.


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Andy Garcia stars and makes his directorial debut in a passionate and historical tribute to his native Cuba. Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of Dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara prepare to move on the city, Fico Fellove -- owner of the city's classiest music nightclub, El Tropico -- struggles to hold together his family and the love of a woman, not knowing that his club will … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: G. Cabrera Infante, Guillermo Cabrera Infante
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2006
Box Office: $2.4M
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Fico Fellove

as Meyer Lansky

as The Writer

as Aurora Fellove

as Don Federico Fellove

as Miliciana Munoz

as Che Guevara

as Luis Fellove

as Ricardo Fellove

as Dona Cecilia Fellove

as Don Donoso Fellove

as Mercedes Fellove

as Captain Castel

as The Emcee

as President Fulgencio ...

as Colonel Candela

as Alberto Mora

as El Indio

as Juan Manuel Fangio
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Critic Reviews for The Lost City

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (37)

'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

When it succeeds, the film conveys a bittersweet longing for a lost moment and the unfulfilled promise of a democratic Cuba.

August 1, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's handsome and heartfelt but mired in murky politics, plot inertia, musical montages and painfully pointed symbolism.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Garcia needed better guiding hands and eyes in the editing room to jettison the many parts that bog down the story.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Associated Press
Top Critic

By the half way point I was beginning to take back everything I said re Steven Soderbergh's dull-as-ditchwater Che: Part II - even he manages to drum up more tension than this.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Eye for Film

Unfolds like a series of as outtakes from Hollywood productions

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for The Lost City

despite the beautiful music and cinematography, there was little substance to this film. i was hoping for a film that would provide more history of the cuban crisis; this film's treatment was facile. slow paced, boring, and overall disappointing film.

bookmunki
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

really great film for a directorial debut by andy garcia. he also does a great job acting in this one. bill murray plays a small role but steals the movie in all of his scenes. his character is even pointless, but he makes the film more entertaining. good flick that i recommend about the rise of fidel castro in cuba. the cast was great and the story flowed well.

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danny d

Super Reviewer

This is a good movie, with actor and director (Andy Garcia), Shows the Cuba way of life coming up. Kind of like the Soprano's in the begining. Glad I rented, but doubt that I would add it to my DVD Collection, sorry a nonbuy. Great dancing and music all throughout.

bbcfloridabound
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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