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.

Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian, Daniel Davis
Director: Sydney Pollack
Writer: David Rayfiel, Judith Rascoe
Language: English
Studio: Universal Studios
Duration: 145
Rated: R
DVD Release: December 1990

When Havana was released in 1990, a lot of reviewers unfavorably compared it to Casablanca, and those comparisons (in addition to audience indifference) turned the film into a box-office disaster. It deserved a better fate, because, while this is certainly no masterpiece, it's an intelligent and lavishly produced film about a chapter of history--the final days of Cuba under the collapsing Batista regime--that remains largely unfamiliar to the American mainstream. It's a compelling political backdrop for the story of a high-stakes gambler (Robert Redford) who comes to Cuba seeking the big score in poker games, following his expectation that high rollers will bet wildly as the Cuban government crashes around their heads. In Havana, Redford meets the wife (Lena Olin) of a Communist revolutionary (Raul Julia) with ties to Fidel Castro, and their attraction becomes powerfully mutual after her husband is presumed killed by Cuban police. What follows, as Cuba falls and Redford's character is forced into a crisis of conscience, is a mini-epic love story with tragic overtones, handled with great skill (albeit lagging pace) by longtime Redford collaborator Sydney Pollack. True, it's not nearly as memorable as Casablanca, but this is a worthwhile film, especially if you're interested in the political upheavals in pre-Castro Cuba. --Jeff Shannon

Robert RedfordJack Weil
Lena OlinBobby Duran
Alan ArkinJoe Volpi
Tomas MilianMenocal
Daniel DavisMarion Chigwell
Tony PlanaJulio Ramos
Betsy BrantleyDiane
Lise CutterPatty
Richard FarnsworthProfessor
Mark RydellMeyer Lansky
Vasek SimekWilly
Fred AsparagusBaby Hernandez
Richard PortnowMike MacClaney
Dion AndersonRoy Forbes
Carmine CaridiCaptain Potts
James MedinaCorporal
Joe LalaCuban Businessman
Salvador LevyMenocal's Lieutenant
Dennis FarinaJoe Volpe's assistant
Bernie PollackHotel Man
Victor RiversYoung Cuban #1
Alec GansterYoung Cuban #2
Alex GansterYoung Cuban #2
René MonclovaSim #1
Miguel Ángel SuárezSim #2
Segundo TarrauRicardo
Félix GermánTomás
Dominique BonnellyMonica (as Giovanna Bonnelly)
Giovanna BonnellyMonica
David Jose RodriguezBufano
Terri HendersonDancer #1
Franklin RodríguezJose
Hugh KellyCarlos
Karen RussellDancer #2
David GibsonSailor
Adriano GonzálezRebel Captain
Raúl RosadoRoadblock Sergeant
Mildred I. VenturaWoman at Burning Villa
Pepito GuerraFloridita Manager
Anthony BayarriModest Casino Cuban
Alfredo VorshirmModest Casino Tuxedo
Bonita MarcoStripper #1
Sharon VelezStripper #2
Darlene WynnStripper #3
Miguel BucarellyGomez
Carlos MirandaInspector #1
Enrique Chao BarrosInspector #2
Daniel VasquezKid at Finca
Enrique ChaoInspector #2 (as Enrique Chao Barros)
Carmen De FrancoMonica's Grandmother
Tera HendricksonPolicewoman #1 (as Terri Hendrickson)
Raul JuliaArturo Duran (uncredited)
Ronald L. SchwaryExecutive Producer
Owen RoizmanCinematographer
Victor ChecoRebel on the run
Fredric SteinkampFilm Editor
William SteinkampFilm Editor
Don BrownSound Department
John DuvallSound Department
Peter HandfordSound Department
J. Paul HuntsmanSound Department
Brad ShermanSound Department
Mark SmithSound Department
Martin TrevisSound Department
Thomas WhitingSound Department
Josephine PowellSound Department
Dave GrusinComposer
Terence MarshProduction Designer
George RichardsonArt Director
Steve GeorgeSet Decorator
Michael SeirtonSet Decorator
Susan Carol Schwarykey hair stylist
Lisa Tomblinhair stylist
Mary Ann Valdeshair stylist
Mark WittenbergMakeup Artist
Lee Clearykey second assistant director
José Luis Escolarsecond assistant director
Cathy A. Roszelladditional assistant director: crowd
David Tomblinfirst assistant director
Adam SomnerThird Assistant Director
John Alvinposter artist
William A. Ciminolead person
Glenn Forbesassistant property master
Martin HitchcockDraughtsman
Michael Kingconstruction buyer
Charles Stewartset dresser
Paul Wescotthod scenic painter
Jessica Gallavanadr supervisor
Genre: Drama
Media: DVD
Sound: Dolby
IMDb: 0099747