We Were Strangers

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When her brother is murdered, China Valdez (Jennifer Jones) swears revenge on the corrupt Cuban government he had been protesting. She joins the resistance led by Tony (John Garfield), an American with a plan that promises devastating results to their enemies. First they'll kill a government official, then plant a bomb at the funeral, which will wipe out the dead man's associates when it explodes. All they need to do is to dig an underground tunnel from China's house to the cemetery next door.

Cast & Crew

Jennifer Jones
China Valdez
John Garfield
Tony Fenner
Pedro Armendáriz
Armando Ariete
John Huston
Writer (Screenplay)
Peter Viertel
Writer (Screenplay)
Robert Sylvester
Writer (Novel)
Jules Buck
Associate Producer
George d
Original Music
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
Al Clark
Film Editor
Cary Odell
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for We Were Strangers

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Audience Reviews for We Were Strangers

  • Mar 05, 2011
    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.
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