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Running time
130 min.
United States United States
Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel
Dave Grusin
Owen Roizman
Universal Pictures
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. Cuban revolution. 1950s. Gambling. Poker
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1990: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Soundtrack
1990: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Original Soundtrack
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