We Were Strangers (1949)

We Were Strangers




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Set in the Cuba of 1933, We Were Strangers stars John Garfield as revolutionary-minded Tony Fenner. A member of an underground movement dedicated to toppling the despotic Machado regime, Tony supervises the booby-trapping of a cemetery where several top Cuban officials are planning to converge for a state funeral. Also involved in the assassination scheme is China Valdes (Jennifer Jones), whose brother had been executed by the government. As often happens in a John Huston film, the best-laid … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Sylvester, John Huston, Peter Viertel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Columbia Pictures



as Tony Fenner

as China Valdes

as Armando Ariete

as Guillermo

as Miguel

as Toto

as Bank manager

as Roberto

as Bombmaker

as Sanitation Man

as Sanitation Man

as Enrico

as Student

as Clerk

as Consuelo

as Truck Driver

as Altar Boy

as Flower Vendor

as Contreras

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's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

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

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