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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Purely propaganda, a work of unabashed hero worship, it is nonetheless -- and likely inadvertently -- a timely and invaluable implicit reminder of the role that U.S. foreign policy has played in the rise of Castro."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Has the kitsch appeal of a farm implement on a restaurant wall, or an Andy Warhol Mao poster: Interesting, but not for its original purpose."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Offers a completely one-sided view of Castro and his life and career."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An overview portrait more impressionistic than anything else, hardly psychologically plumbing... Still, leftist politics aside, the film undeniably works on a human level."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"An exhilarating experience."
‑ Nigam Nuggehalli,
"It's a refreshing change from the self-interest and paranoia that shape most American representations of Castro."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"Audiences will find no mention of political prisoners or persecutions that might paint the Castro regime in less than saintly tones."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"A landmark work that should have viewers across the world reaching for history books to learn not only politically expedient accounts of Fidel's life, but also the real deal."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"Any film that doesn't even in passing mention political prisoners, poverty and the boat loads of people who try to escape the country is less a documentary and more propaganda by way of a valentine sealed with a kiss."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"The lack of opposing viewpoints soon grows tiresome -- the film feels more like a series of toasts at a testimonial dinner than a documentary."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Makes an aborbing if arguable case for the man's greatness."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Although Estela Bravo's documentary is cloyingly hagiographic in its portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, it's still a guilty pleasure to watch."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Bravo reveals the true intent of her film by carefully selecting interview subjects who will construct a portrait of Castro so predominantly charitable it can only be seen as propaganda."
‑ Jules Brenner,
"Full of detail about the man and his country, and is well worth seeing."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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