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We Were Strangers (1949)




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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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 18, 2015
Radio Times

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2015
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Audience Reviews for We Were Strangers


I hope he died quickly for his sake and mine. Tony Fenner is an American in Cuba with visions of bringing down the Cuban dictator and he has the financial backing to make it happen. When he discovers that the president and the majority of his strength will all be at one place at one time, Fenner plans an extravagant assassination attempt. As he makes his plans he recruits numerous locals, including a woman whose brother was murdered by the president's men (they fall in love). Will Fenner and his recruits free Cuba or will local law enforcement bring him down? "We all have stuff we want to keep hidden...even the best of us." John Huston, director of The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would be King, and Prizzi's Honor, delivers We Were Strangers. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and contained better than anticipated characters (that were definitely fun to follow). The villains are very well presented and the conclusion is unpredictable. The acting is solid and the cast includes Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Gilbert Roland, Ramon Novarro, and Pedro Armendariz. "Are you crazy?" "Perhaps. I don't know what sanity is anymore." I always try to DVR John Huston pictures when they air on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This picture hasn't received quality reviews on rottentomatoes...and I don't understand why. I felt the final shootout was awesome and the ultimate conclusion was gripping and well done. Overall, this is a worthwhile picture that I definitely recommend seeing once. "They have one hundred faces and one name." Grade: A

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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

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