(out of 5)
Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of energy from both its director or its star. Robert Redford is a dud as an American in pre-Revolutionary Cuba who has a chance to escape Batista’s war but eventually throws it all away for a beautiful woman (Lena Olin). He helps save her political rebel husband (Raul Julia), risking his life for a woman he knows he can’t have. The location photography (it’s actually the Dominican Republic and Florida) is gorgeous, and Dave Grusin contributes a rich, Oscar-nominated score, but the whole thing falls flat on its face very early in the process. Sydney Pollack’s mellow style doesn’t suit the story, and Redford’s coolly elegant, emotional unavailability is boring here.
Mirage Enterprises, Universal Pictures
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Cinematography by Owen Roizman
Music by Dave Grusin
Production Design by Terence Marsh
Costume Design by Bernie Pollack