Our Man in Havana
Our Man in Havana (1959)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

The main weakness is the absence of economic, expressive cutting and visual flow. As a result, certain half-way stretches of dialogue become tedious to watch.

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Variety Staff

Polished, diverting entertainment, brilliant in its comedy but falling apart towards the end when undertones of drama, tragedy and message crop up.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

As hilarious as it is absurd, this droll comedy about spies in Cuba stars the prodigiously talented Guinness.

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Time Out

A real 'winds of change' film, with traditional values crumbling in the heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Guinness is wonderful.

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Sean Axmaker

... a lampoon of international espionage games and the gullible officers running Britain's MI6 like an old boy's club. Everyone on their honor and all that.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

So much potential in casting, script etc... but the translation from the book didn't quite make sense on screen.

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Bruce Bruce
This is from the Martini Movie Collection, There are a number of movies I never heard of in this collection. this one called Our Man in Havana. Its hard to… More
Doctor Strangeblog
If you're familiar with Alec Guinness' other 1950s comedies, 'Our Man in Havana' fits in nicely among them with its unhurried pace and dry… More
Ross Collins
Alec Guinness plays the hapless secret agent in a tale of secret service blunders and ministers who can't lose face that still rings true today. Superbly… More
Sarah Gaish
Pretty good. Once again Carol Reed directs well.