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Our Man in Havana (1959)

Our Man in Havana (1959)

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Graham Greene wrote this witty comedy inspired by Cold War paranoia. Jim Wormald (Alec Guiness) is an Englishman selling vacuum cleaners in Cuba on the cusp of the revolution. Hawthorne (Noel Coward), a British intelligence agent, is looking for information on Cuban affairs and recruits Jim to act as a spy. Jim has no experience in espionage and no useful knowledge to pass along, but Hawthorne is willing to pay for his services, and since Jim's daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has expensive tastes, he can use the money. To keep Hawthorne happy (and his paychecks coming in), he turns in reports on the Cuban revolution that are copied from public documents, "hires" additional agents who don't exist, and presents blueprints of secret weapons that are actually schematics of his carpet sweepers. However, Hawthorne and associate "C" (Ralph Richardson) think that Jim is doing splendid work and encourage him to continue; meanwhile, Capt. Segura (Ernie Kovacs), the elegantly corrupt chief of police, has been fooled by Jim's charade into believing he's a real spy -- and has also become attracted to Milly. Our Man in Havana also features Burl Ives and Maureen O'Hara in supporting roles. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Alec Guinness
as Jim Wormald
Maureen O'Hara
as Beatrice Evans
Burl Ives
as Dr. Cart Hasselbacher
Ernie Kovacs
as Capt. Segura
Noel Coward
as Hawthorne
Grégoire Aslan
as Cifuentes
Duncan Macrae
as MacDougal
Hugh Manning
as RAF Officer
Jo Morrow
as Milly Wonnald
Paul Rogers
as Hubert Carter
Karel Stepanek
as Dr. Braun
Karen Stepanek
as Dr. Braun
Yvonne Buckingham
as Striptease Girl
Elisabeth Welch
as Beautiful Woman
Rachel Roberts
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for Our Man in Havana

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The mixture of mayhem and heehaw is particularly tricky to handle, and not even the sure hand of Director Reed has always achieved a smooth blend.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Polished, diverting entertainment, brilliant in its comedy but falling apart towards the end when undertones of drama, tragedy and message crop up.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

A real 'winds of change' film, with traditional values crumbling in the heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Guinness is wonderful.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

For those who regard Alec Guinness as the niftiest little con man on the screen, we will guarantee Our Man in Havana to be a source of immeasurable fun.

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

Guinness is in above-average form, and Ernie Kovacs is wonderful as the callous but charming government official with a soft spot for Guinness's daughter.

Full Review… | September 10, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The main weakness is the absence of economic, expressive cutting and visual flow. As a result, certain half-way stretches of dialogue become tedious to watch.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

Audience Reviews for Our Man in Havana

½

This is from the Martini Movie Collection, There are a number of movies I never heard of in this collection. this one called Our Man in Havana. Its hard to decided if this is supposed to be a comedy, a suspense film or drama. This movie filmed in Cuba in 1959, before it closed its doors to America, also by the looks of things was quite rich and beautiful, a vacuum cleaner salesman is recruited to be a British Agent, he makes up intelligence and agents that do exist, everything is going alone fine till Britain awards him a secretary and then his world starts to crumple. A very enjoyable film noir title to say the least. The recipe along with this film is Cuban Martini, and you might need a few to help you enjoy the movie more. 3 1/2 stars for this one.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Alec Guinness plays the hapless secret agent in a tale of secret service blunders and ministers who can't lose face that still rings true today. Superbly clever yet still light and humorous entertainment. The most enjoyable movie from the B&W era that I've seen. Filmed during the first months of the Cuban revolutionary government, it was set shortly before the revolution and the Cuban missile crisis that it almost prophetically predicts.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

½

If you're familiar with Alec Guinness' other 1950s comedies, 'Our Man in Havana' fits in nicely among them with its unhurried pace and dry sense of humor. Not as funny as either 'The Ladykillers' or 'The Lavender Hill Mob,' but more sustained than 'The Man In the White Suit.'

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