We Were Strangers (1949)
as Tony Fenner
as China Valdes
as Armando Ariete
as Bank manager
as Sanitation Man
as Sanitation Man
as Truck Driver
as Altar Boy
as Flower Vendor
as Contreras' Chauffeur
Critic Reviews for We Were Strangers
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.
In We Were Strangers, John Huston has come up with a finished job of directing that edges close to his best films.
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.
Even though it dissipates its serious political theme with too much mechanical detail, the film is still tense and atmospheric.
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.
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.
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