The tumultuous life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th century is dramatized in this made-for-cable biopic. Fidel Castro (Victor Huggo Martin) was only 23 when he and his brother Raul (Maurice Compte)… More The tumultuous life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th century is dramatized in this made-for-cable biopic. Fidel Castro (Victor Huggo Martin) was only 23 when he and his brother Raul (Maurice Compte) began speaking out against American political and economic control of Cuba following an altercation with U.S. Marines. In the early '50s, Fidel became active in the Ortodoxo Party, whose leader, Dr. Eduardo Chibas (Ismael Carlo), advocated an overthrow of Cuba's corrupt leadership. After Chibas commits suicide, Fidel runs for elected office under the Ortodoxo banner, but, just as it looks as if the party will win leadership of the country, General Fulgencio Batista (Tony Plana) takes control of Cuba in a military coup. Fidel and a number of other revolutionaries plan an armed assault on a Cuban military installation; the raid proves disastrous, with many rebels killed and Fidel (among others) arrested. Thanks to public outcry, Fidel and his comrades are released after serving only two years of a 15-year sentence, and Fidel flees to Mexico, where he begins training a new group of rebels alongside Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal). After a feeble landing on the shores of Cuba, Fidel, Che, and their forces take to the hills, where they soon attract the attention of American journalists. International attention brings a new level to respect to the revolutionary factions, as well as the support of a wealthy benefactor, Huber Matos (Ernesto Godoy). In time, Fidel and Che win the support of the people, and the revolutionary forces topple the U.S.-backed Batista regime. However, while Fidel and his men advocated a revolution that would bring control of Cuba back to the Cuban people, in time Fidel becomes a despot who believes his word is law, even though he has become hopelessly dependant on the economic and military support of the Soviet Union. Fidel was produced for the Showtime premium cable network, where it was first broadcast (in two parts) in January of 2002.