The Lost City (2005)


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 become more than just a stage for popular entertainment. Observing all is The Writer an ex-patriot American who sees Fico being drawn into events as the revolution changes everything. Though Fico watches a culture vanish and a people transformed, it is his love of Cuban music that keeps his memories alive.

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Andy Garcia
as Fico Fellove
Dustin Hoffman
as Meyer Lansky
Bill Murray
as The Writer
Inés Sastre
as Aurora Fellove
Tomás Milian
as Don Federico Fellove
Elizabeth Peña
as Miliciana Munoz
Jsu Garcia
as Che Guevara
Nestor Carbonell
as Luis Fellove
Millie Perkins
as Dona Cecilia Fellove
Enrique Murciano Jr.
as Ricardo Fellove
Richard Bradford
as Don Donoso Fellove
Dominik García-Lorido
as Mercedes Fellove
Steven Bauer
as Captain Castel
Tony Plana
as The Emcee
Juan Fernández
as President Fulgencio Batista
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Colonel Candela
Daniel Pino
as Alberto Mora
Victor Rivers
as El Indio
Waldemar Kalinowski
as Juan Manuel Fangio
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Critic Reviews for The Lost City

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (36)

'The Lost City' is intriguing as a historical document and adequate as cinema, but it has a blandness at its core that no amount of spicy mambo and booty-quaking dance routines can disguise.

Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

The script is scrupulously even-handed, but Garcia can't seem to get a grip on this sprawl.

Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Aug 1, 2006

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

Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Unsteady but often entrancing.

Jun 22, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

Stefanie C
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.

danny d
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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Good music and nice cinematography.

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