Havana (1990)

In the time just preceding Castro's takeover of Cuba, an American gambler in Havana gets involved with a revolutionary's wife. Overlong but otherwise well produced!

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Elaborate visual mounting and iconographic placement of the romantic leads are the movie's preoccupation, with the overthrow of Batista merely providing local color.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The glittering decadence of this culture on the verge of collapse is in fact the film's most fascinating aspect, and Mr. Pollack has re-created it extravagantly.

Empire Magazine

The central pair's shattering, once-in-a-lifetime passion cries out for more urgency and emotional power.

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Variety Staff

Director Sydney Pollack and star Robert Redford have lost their normally dependable quality touch as they slog through a notably uncompelling $45 million-plus tale of a gringo caught up in the Cuban revolution.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Some fundamental things still do apply as time goes go by.


Handsomely produced, with a typically mesmerizing performance by Redford, alas this fails to exploit its intriguing political background and ends up being more of a routine and ineffective romance.

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Time Out

The whole thing lacks conviction.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

At best, Pollack achieves a counterfeit sense of this atmosphere. But he insists on continuing the card game anyway, an over-extended misdeal of a movie that refuses to fold.

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TV Guide

Unfortunately, against that impressive backdrop, Pollack mounts a film that is lifeless and slow-moving, offering neither a compelling love story nor a tense tale of a city in turmoil.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Now that the flixster summary mentions it, the story in this movie is a lot like a Casablanca copycat. Anyway, I thought it was way too slow and dull, I… More
Cassie Hill
A wonderful well acted movie. It was sad at the end though whenever Jack & Bobby had to say goodbye.