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Fires Within Details


A Cuban woman who escapes to America finds herself in political, financial, and romantic jeopardy in this taut drama. Cuban refugee Isabel (Greta Scacchi) flees her country and makes her way to Miami after her husband, Nestor (Jimmy Smits), a political activist, is sentenced to a long stay in a Cuban jail. In their dangerous voyage to the United States, Isabel and her daughter are rescued by Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio), a fisherman from Miami; Sam helped Isabel find her way in her new home, and a romance blossoms between the two. However, when Nestor is finally released from prison eight years later and escapes to Miami to be with his wife, he discovers that Isabel's affections are now divided between himself and Sam, while his daughter barely remembers or recognizes him. Danger faces all three sides of this romantic triangle; Sam is asked to use his boat to smuggle Cuban dissidents into Miami, Nestor falls in with a radical fringe group hoping to stage an armed invasion of Cuba, and Isabel, who has become involved with a numbers racket, is in deep trouble after several massive payments were made to someone who never placed a bet. Fires Within was also shown under the title Little Havana; it premiered in Miami, appropriately enough, in its short-lived theatrical release. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 28, 1991


Greta Scacchi
as Isabel
Jimmy Smits
as Nestor
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Sam
Luis Avalos
as Victor Hernandez
Bertila Damas
as Estella Sanchez
Carlos Gomez
as Cuban Singer
Celia Cruz
as Herself
Earl Hindman
as Sergeant
Angelina Estrada
as Olga Rodriquez
Lazaro Perez
as Raul
Oswaldo Calvo
as Francisco
Ruben Rabasa
as Sergio
Carmen Lopez
as Family Member
Maria Vidal
as Michele
Raul Davila
as Reuben
Dan Ades
as Felix
Talya Ferro
Gail Levin
Mario Ernesto Sanchez
as Family Member
Victor Rivers
as Angel
Michael McCleery
as Deckhand
Robert Escobar
as Reporter


Gillian Armstrong
Lauren Lloyd
Wallis Nicita
Jim Bloom
Peter Barsocchini
Cynthia Cidre
David Gribble
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
John Scott
Bob Ziembicki
Production Designer
David Streit
Associate Producer
Leslie Morales
Set Designer
Shay Cunliffe
Costume Designer