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Havana (1990)



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In the time just preceding Castro's takeover of Cuba, an American gambler in Havana gets involved with a revolutionary's wife. Overlong but otherwise well produced!
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Romance
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In Theaters:
MCA Universal Home Video


Robert Redford
as Jack Weil
Lena Olin
as Bobby Duran
Raul Julia
as Arturo Duran
Alan Arkin
as Joe Volpi
Tomás Milian
as Menocal
Daniel Davis
as Marion Chigwell
Tony Plana
as Julio Ramos
Mark Rydell
as Meyer Lansky
Lise Cutter
as Patty
Vasek Simek
as Willy
Fred Asparagus
as Baby Hernandez
Richard Portnow
as Mike MacClaney
Dion Anderson
as Roy Forbes
Dion Andreson
as Roy Forbes
Carmine Caridi
as Capt. Potts
James Medina
as Corporal
Joe Lala
as Cuban Businessman
Salvadore Levy
as Menocal's Lieutenant
Tera Hendrickson
as Featured
Bernie Pollack
as Hotel Man
Owen Roizman
as Santos
Segundo Tarrau
as Ricardo
Hugh Kelly
as Carlos
Adriano González
as Rebel Captain
Raul Rosado
as Roadblock Sergeant
Mildred I. Ventura
as Woman at Burning Building
Pepito Guerra
as Floridita Manager
Anthony Bayarri
as Modest Casino Cuban
Alfredo Vorshim
as Modest Casino Tuxedo
Daniel Vasquez
as Kid at Finca
Carmen de Franco
as Monica's Grandmother
Victor Rivers
as Young Cuban #1
Alex Ganster
as Young Cuban #2
Terri Hendrickson
as Policewoman #1
Karen Russell
as Dancer #2
Bonita Marco
as Stripper #1
Sharon Velez
as Stripper #2
Darlene Wynn
as Stripper #3
Carlos Miranda
as Inspector #1
Enrique Chao Barros
as Inspector #2
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Critic Reviews for Havana

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

Elaborate visual mounting and iconographic placement of the romantic leads are the movie's preoccupation, with the overthrow of Batista merely providing local color.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director Sydney Pollack and star Robert Redford have lost their normally dependable quality touch as they slog through a notably uncompelling $45 million-plus tale of a gringo caught up in the Cuban revolution.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Top Critic

The whole thing lacks conviction.

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The glittering decadence of this culture on the verge of collapse is in fact the film's most fascinating aspect, and Mr. Pollack has re-created it extravagantly.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Some fundamental things still do apply as time goes go by.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The lesson: Get into practice before remaking a classic. And until then, here's not looking at you, kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Havana


It was a visually beauty film and also the acting was for the most part good. It is similar to Casablanca in a lot of ways and I prefer this movie because of its in color.

Lenora Morales
Lenora Morales

Beautifully shot and scored, the impending revolution in Cuba swirls around in the background with romantic old Havana but if you're looking for a historical drama about the period of transition to the 1959 Castro regime, you will be disappointed. This film is a very personal story about the short-lived but intense relationship that unfolds between a professional gambler (Redford)and the beautiful Bobby Duran (Olin), wife of a revolutionary who is thought to have been killed. There is sustained dramatic tension throughout the movie as Jack Weil (Redford) reluctantly finds himself drawn into the politics of the brewing revolution. Nevertheless, the real power of the movie is the chemistry between Olin and Redford and the magnetic on-screen presence of Lena Olin as Bobby. "I was lost in a sweet moment" she tells Jack, and we are lost in Jack's fascination with her. Olin fills up the screen and our senses with her smouldering sensuality and we are lost in her, too. So here's the magic in Havana -- Lena Olin, Lena Olin, Lena Olin.

M Stahl
M Stahl

Now that the flixster summary mentions it, the story in this movie is a lot like a Casablanca copycat. Anyway, I thought it was way too slow and dull, I didn't care a bit about the main character, he was so boring. The most interesting parts are skipped over, for example when Raul Julia's intriguing character is killed off quickly. And it just gets worse from there, changing from a thriller to a romance to a political drama and back again. It doesn't know where it's going.

Aj V
Aj V

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