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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

  • Release date:December 12, 1990


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dave Grusin Best Original Score 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dave Grusin Best Score 1990 Nominee


Robert Redford
as Jack Weil
Lena Olin
as Bobby Duran
Alan Arkin
as Joe Volpi
Tomas Milian
as Menocal
Raul Julia
as Arturo Duran
Mark Rydell
as Meyer Lansky
Daniel Davis
as Marion Chigwell
Tony Plana
as Julio Ramos
Betsy Brantley
as Diane
Lise Cutter
as Patty
Richard Farnsworth
as Professor
Vasek Simek
as Willy
Fred Asparagus
as Baby Hernandez
Richard Portnow
as Mike MacClaney
Dion Anderson
as Roy Forbes
Carmine Caridi
as Capt. Potts
James Medina
as Corporal
Raul Rosado
as Roadblock Sergeant
Karen Russell
as Dancer
Owen Roizman
as Santos
Alex Ganster
as Young Cuban
Tera Hendrickson
as Featured
Victor Rivers
as Young Cuban #1
Bernie Pollack
as Hotel Man
Rene Monclova
as Sim #1
David Gibson
as Sailor
Salvadore Levy
as Menocal's Lieutenant
Sharon Velez
as Stripper #2
Adriano Gonzalez
as Rebel Captain
Carlos Miranda
as Inspector #1
Giovanna Bonnelly
as Monica
Segundo Tarrau
as Ricardo
Anthony Bayarri
as Modest Casino Cuban
Darlene Wynn
as Stripper
Bonita Marco
as Stripper #1
Pepito Guerra
as Floridita Manager
Joe Lala
as Cuban Businessman
Miguel Bucarelly
as Gomez
Felix German
as Tomas


Sydney Pollack
Paul Schrader
David Rayfiel
Judith Rascoe
Owen Roizman
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
William Steinkamp
Frederic Steinkamp
Ronald L. Schwary
Production Designer
Terence Marsh
Production Designer
Michael Seirton
Art Director
Richard A. Roth
Sydney Pollack
Ronald L. Schwary
Executive Producer
Michael Seirton
Set Designer
Bernie Pollack
Costume Designer
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Paterson