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We Were Strangers (1949)




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Movie Info

A political thriller set in Cuba in the 30s about a plot to overthrow the government led by a group of assorted revolutionaries.


John Garfield
as Tony Fenner
Jennifer Jones
as China Valdes
Pedro Armendáriz
as Armando Ariete
Gilbert Roland
as Guillermo
Morris Ankrum
as Bank manager
Paul Monte
as Roberto
Leonard Strong
as Bombmaker
Alexander McSweyn
as Sanitation Man
Alfonso Pedroza
as Sanitation Man
Ted Hecht
as Enrico
Joel Rene
as Student
Lelia Goldoni
as Consuelo
Paul Marion
as Truck Driver
Freddie Chapman
as Altar Boy
Julian Rivero
as Flower Vendor
Fred Godoy
as Contreras
Peter Virgo
as Contreras' Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for We Were Strangers

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Never for a moment a dull movie, Strangers is often too facile or too far away from strict artistic honesty. Coming from the man who made Treasure of the Sierra Madre, it is a disappointment.

August 18, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In We Were Strangers, John Huston has come up with a finished job of directing that edges close to his best films.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

This very concentration upon detail and upon the concrete mechanics of the plan has thrown the whole drama into the character of a passionless action film.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Even though it dissipates its serious political theme with too much mechanical detail, the film is still tense and atmospheric.

August 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Huston's follow-up to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Key Largo doesn't rank with either of those classics but is certainly entertaining in its own right.

August 18, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

October 21, 2010 | Full Review…

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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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