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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Released: September 29, 2020
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Redford & Lena Olin|
|Performer:||Raul Julia, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian, Richard Farnsworth & Mark Rydell|
|Directed by||Sydney Pollack|
|Edited by||Fredric Steinkamp|
|Screenwriting by||Judith Rascoe & David Rayfiel|
|Composition by||Dave Grusin|
|Produced by||Sydney Pollack & Richard Roth|
|Director of Photography:||Owen Roizman|
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. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- 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. Full Review
...Sprawling, atmospheric....[At times] HAVANA truly captures the electrifying peril of its place and time...
New York Times
The whole thing lacks conviction. Full Review
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. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- 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.
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- Mediocre Redford drama set in Cuba of semi-old, directed OK by Pollack.
Sydney Pollack directs Robert Redford as Jack Weil, a high-rolling poker player who is trying to make a big score in 1958 Havana, a pleasure seeker's paradise on the verge of revolution. Although excited by the prospect of gambling in a risky environment, his plans are turned upside down when he stumbles into Bobby, the beautiful enigmatic wife of Arturo Duran, an impassioned revolutionary, resulting in a move that threatens his last chance for the big score.
Director Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford join forces to tell the story of high-rolling gambler Jack Weil. Hoping to be pushed to the edge in a place ripe for action, Weil heads to Havana at Christmastime, 1958. Cuba is experiencing prerevolutionary rumblings, and he has a theory that gamblers are more adventuresome when the bullets start flying. Once he arrives, he ends up falling in with revolutionaries and meets a glamorous Swede named Bobby Duran (Lena Olin) and her wealthy husband, revolutionary leader Arturo Duran. Suddenly Jack finds himself making radical gestures, braving financial loss and life-threatening situations in an attempt to save her from dictator Batista's men. Sexual attraction slowly leads the way to political awareness, matching the amount of time it takes for the beginnings of social change. Pollack and Redford's seventh collaboration has a dramatic romantic sweep that's augmented by crisp luminous images that create a sense of heightened reality.
- Theatrical release: December 12, 1990.
- Due to United States government restrictions on filming in Cuba, the city of Havana was re-created in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
- HAVANA is the seventh film collaboration for Redford and Pollack, following THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, JEREMIAH JOHNSON, THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN, BRUBAKER, and OUT OF AFRICA
- Estimated budget: $45 million.
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