Cuba Crossing

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"To the CIA, it's politics. To the mafia, it's a ten million dollar deal. To the charterboat captain, it's all in a night's work."
  • R
  • 1980
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 3.8  (224)

Cuba Crossing is a 1980 action-adventure film that portrays the journey of Larry Gatlin (played by Stuart Whitman), a former smuggling kingpin, who is hired by the United States government to smuggle arms into Cuba to support rebels. The movie is directed by Chuck Workman and has an ensemble cast including Robert Vaughn and Woody Strode.

The movie begins with Larry Gatlin serving time in a Mexican prison for his past smuggling crimes. The U.S government approaches him with an offer to earn his freedom by bringing guns into Cuba to aid the rebels in their fight against Fidel Castro's government. With no other way out, Larry accepts the offer and sets out for Cuba.

The government assigns a team to assist Larry on his mission, which includes the smooth-talking Michael Brennan (Robert Vaughn), the muscle-bound J.D (Woody Strode), and the seductive Elena (Ana Obregon). As they cross the Caribbean sea, the team finds their journey fraught with danger as they navigate through hostile waters and are pursued by Cuban authorities.

Once they reach Cuba, they are met with a network of rebels that help them navigate through the country. However, they also face challenges in the form of betrayal and deception. Larry must use his wits and smuggling skills to overcome these obstacles and deliver the arms to the rebels. Along the way, he also forms a romantic connection with Elena.

One of the standout features of the movie is the portrayal of the beautiful Cuban landscapes. The audience gets a visual treat of the country's stunning scenery, including the beautiful beaches and rustic towns that the characters pass through. The scenery not only adds to the overall visual appeal of the movie but also gives an authentic feel to the portrayal of the country's culture and lifestyle.

The film's score is also worth mentioning, as it sets the mood and tone for the fast-paced action sequences. It captures the suspense and thrills that the characters experience on their journey through the hostile territory.

The performances by the lead actors are commendable. Stuart Whitman shines as the former smuggling kingpin with a checkered past, who must use his skills to overcome the challenges that are thrown his way. Robert Vaughn adds his trademark charm and wit to the character of Michael Brennan, the suave liaison who steals the show with his excellent dialogue delivery. Woody Strode, although not having as much screen time as the other actors, leaves a lasting impression with his towering presence and imposing physique.

Overall, Cuba Crossing is an enjoyable action-adventure film with good performances, stunning scenery, and an impressive score. The storyline is engaging and keeps the audience invested in the fate of the characters. The movie is an excellent example of the adventure films of the 1980s and is a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Cuba Crossing is a 1980 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.8.

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    3.8  (224)