Our Man in Havana
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Graham Greene wrote this witty comedy inspired by Cold War paranoia. Jim Wormald (Alec Guiness) is an Englishman selling vacuum cleaners in Cuba on the cusp of the revolution. Hawthorne (Noel Coward), a British intelligence agent, is looking for information on Cuban affairs and recruits Jim to act as a spy. Jim has no experience in espionage and no useful knowledge to pass along, but Hawthorne is willing to pay for his services, and since Jim's daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has expensive tastes, he can use the money. To keep Hawthorne happy (and his paychecks coming in), he turns in reports… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mixture of mayhem and heehaw is particularly tricky to handle, and not even the sure hand of Director Reed has always achieved a smooth blend."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"For those who regard Alec Guinness as the niftiest little con man on the screen, we will guarantee Our Man in Havana to be a source of immeasurable fun."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"So much potential in casting, script etc... but the translation from the book didn't quite make sense on screen."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This is a quirky, often quite sardonic little film that starts off as a mild and witty comedy before shifting gears and becoming almost James Bond-like."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A droll black comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Polished, diverting entertainment, brilliant in its comedy but falling apart towards the end when undertones of drama, tragedy and message crop up."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Guinness is in above-average form, and Ernie Kovacs is wonderful as the callous but charming government official with a soft spot for Guinness's daughter."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"At once very much of its time and surprisingly modern and relevant to today."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Incredibly droll, this Graham Greene-scripted black comedy offers a can't miss premise."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A real 'winds of change' film, with traditional values crumbling in the heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Guinness is wonderful."
‑ , Time Out
"As hilarious as it is absurd, this droll comedy about spies in Cuba stars the prodigiously talented Guinness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... a dryly witty satire of the spy game."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"[A] fabulous satirical spy story."
‑ , Film4
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