Havana

BB.5

(out of 5)


Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of energy from both its director or its star.  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 (). 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

USA, 1990

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1990

Golden Globe Awards 1990

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