Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1990. Mirage Enterprises, Universal Pictures. Story by Judith Rascoe, Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel. Cinematography by Owen Roizman. Produced by Sydney Pollack, Richard Roth. Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Terence Marsh. Costume Design by Bernie Pollack. Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp.
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.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Score
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Original Score