Havana (1990)


“I know I love you Bobbie. I also know that a butterfly can flutter its wings over China and cause a hurricane in the Caribbean. I believe it. They can even calculate the odds. It just isn’t likely. And it takes so long.” – Jack Weil

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – An American living in Cuba during the late 1950’s falls in love with a woman with ties to the impending Revolution.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall hearing about when it came out, yet never got around to watching it.

Robert Redford in great in almost every single role he has been in and this film is no exception.

The problem here is that the story gets very convoluted and is presented in a very boring manner.

None of the characters are really that interesting and it’s hard to really care about anything that happens because despite the fact that they try to explain the atmosphere of everything transpiring during that time, it still isn’t explained well enough.

The film’s main romance between Redford and co-star Lena Olin isn’t as simmering as one might expect and actually feels a bit more lackluster than it should be which is quite a shame to see.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Actor Raul Julia appeared in a significant supporting role in the film without any credit or billing at all in the film. Julia chose to be uncredited because producers for contractual reasons could not accommodate Julia’s request for him to be billed second alongside Robert Redford, as the top two above-the-title star-teaming credits had already been signed over to top first-billed Redford and second-billed actress Lena Olin, with the third billed credit already having been contracted to actor Alan Arkin. According to the “LA Times,” Raul Julia’s agent Jeff Hunter said: “Our usual above-the-title credit wasn’t available. So, we decided not to take any credit at all.” Director Sydney Pollack said told the same paper: “The only billing left for Julia was to be stacked with the rest of the names . . . his agent felt that would be a step backward” and there is a dilemma when there is “an actor on the ascendancy, like [Raul] Julia, and you ask the actor to do a role that’s somewhat smaller [than their emerging star status].” Julia had found rising-star status since his performance in the Academy Award winning film Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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