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"A gambler who trusted no one. A woman who risked everything. And a passion that brought them together in the most dangerous city in the world."
  • R
  • 1990
  • 2 hr 20 min
  • 6.1  (8,427)

Havana, released in 1990, is a romantic drama directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Lena Olin, and Alan Arkin. Set in the year 1958, the film takes place during the last days of the Cuban Revolution. Jack Weil (Robert Redford) is a professional gambler who has come to Havana, Cuba to try his luck at the famous casinos. In Havana, he meets Roberta Duran (Lena Olin), a beautiful and fiery revolutionary who is engaged to Arturo (Raúl Juliá), a leader in the revolution. Despite their obvious differences, Jack and Roberta are drawn to each other and begin a passionate love affair.

As the revolution rages on and the Batista dictatorship crumbles, the people of Havana find themselves caught up in a violent and unpredictable battle for power. Amidst the chaos, Jack and Roberta must navigate their dangerous and forbidden romance while trying to stay alive.

Alan Arkin plays Meyer Lansky, a notorious American mobster who operates the casinos in Havana. Lansky is a complex character who becomes increasingly intertwined with the revolution and the lives of the other characters.

Throughout the film, there are themes of political conflict, social upheaval, and personal struggle. Havana is a stunning and evocative portrayal of a pivotal moment in Cuban history, filled with beautiful scenery, rich cultural references, and outstanding performances from its talented cast.

Redford delivers a charming and nuanced performance as the charismatic gambler, while Olin gives an equally compelling portrayal of the strong-willed and passionate revolutionary. Arkin’s Meyer Lansky adds a layer of grit to the ensemble, giving the film an added depth that explores the often blurry lines between idealism and corruption.

The film also features a beautiful score by Dave Grusin, which captures the mood and emotion of the film perfectly. The use of music and sound throughout the film is masterful, enhancing the drama and tension of each scene.

Overall, Havana is a compelling and engrossing film that explores the complexities of love, politics, and morality amidst the backdrop of revolution. It is a must-see for fans of classic cinema, as well as those interested in the history and culture of Cuba.

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    6.1  (8,427)