Havana [DVD] [1990]

This drama of love and danger in a nation on the verge of revolution has been given an attractive presentation on DVD. Havana has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The original English soundtrack has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while alternate dubbed tracks in Spanish and French appear in Dolby Digital Surround. Optional subtitles in Spanish are also available. Bonus material includes notes on the making of the film, biographies of the key cast and crew members, the film's original trailer, and links to related Internet websites.
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Special Features

  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmaker biographies
  • Film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Web links


A cynical gambler reluctantly comes to the aid of a mysterious beauty in this interpolation of Casablanca and the real-life Cuban revolution. Big-stakes American gambler Jack Weil (Robert Redford) is comfortable in the anything-goes Havana of 1958. But with Fidel Castro out in the wilderness broadcasting revolutionary messages, it seems the good times may be on the way out. On a boat back to the island nation from the U.S. mainland, Weil agrees to help beautiful Bobby Duran (Lena Olin) smuggle in some contraband by trading vehicles with her on their way through the checkpoint. He's amused to discover not jewelry, but radio transmitters squirreled away in her car. Eventually, he learns that she's the European wife of monied Cuban communist Arturo Duran (Raul Julia), who believes his class and status will protect him from the ruling party. When that assumption turns out to be false, Jack finds himself sucked in by the plight of the suddenly widowed Bobby, who remains committed to her dangerous ideals. Risking his cushy lifestyle to protect Bobby from the coming tumult -- and from herself -- Jack must grapple with the dictates of his newfound conscience. With a supporting cast that includes Alan Arkin and Tomas Milian, Havana reunited director Sydney Pollack with Redford and David Rayfiel, star and co-screenwriter of The Way We Were. Rayfiel has also worked on a number of Pollack pictures, stretching from 1969's Castle Keep to 1995's remake of Sabrina. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford - Jack Weil
  • Lena Olin
    Lena Olin - Bobby Duran
  • Alan Arkin
    Alan Arkin - Joe Volpi
  • Tomas Milian
    Tomas Milian - Menocal
  • Raul Julia
    Raul Julia - Arturo Duran
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