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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Robert Redford
Lena Olin
Alan Arkin
Raul Julia
Directors
Sidney Pollack
Screenwriters
Judith Rascoe
David Rayfiel
Running Time
146 minutes

Havana
Sort of Casablanca crossed with Salvador


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Plot
Unprincipled gambler Jack (Redford) is thunderstruck by an aristocratic revolutionary's committed wife (the excellent, appropriately intense Olin) and, ennobled by love, rushes headlong into dangerous games between Batista's secret police and the guerillas.


Verdict
Somehow, though, Havana never quite catches fire. The brief scenes of struggle and liberation are too clean, too staged, and even the central pair's shattering, once-in-a-lifetime passion cries out for more urgency and emotional power.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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