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Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.

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David Attwood

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Stephen Tolkin (screenplay by), Georgie Anne Geyer (based on the book "Guerrilla Prince" written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Víctor Huggo Martin Víctor Huggo Martin ... Fidel Castro
Gael García Bernal ... Che Guevara
Patricia Velasquez ... Mirta
Cecilia Suárez ... Celia Sanchez
Maurice Compte ... Raul Castro
Margarita Rosa de Francisco ... Naty Revuelta (as Margarita d'Francisco)
Enrique Arce ... Rafael
José María Yazpik ... Camilo Cienfuegos
Manuel Sevilla Manuel Sevilla ... Abel Santamaria
Alejandra Gollas ... Haydeé Santamaría (as Alejandra Gollás)
Ernesto Godoy Ernesto Godoy ... Huber Matos
Guillermo Díaz ... Universo Sanchez
Tony Plana ... Gen. Fulgencio Battista
Mel Rodriguez ... Calixto Morales
Bobby Plasencia Bobby Plasencia ... Faustino Perez
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Fact-based (?) drama about the rise of Fidel Castro from a respected lawyer in Cuba to rabble-rousing dissident to power-hungry ruler of his nation. One wonders about the facts in this very homogenized presentation though. The story goes something like this: Fidel meets future wife, gets married, has a child, political aspirations get in way of family, Fidel has a politically-motivated affair, gets thrown in jail, gets expelled from the country, comes back and fights out of the jungle for a few years, casts then leader Baptistsa out of power and seizes leadership. Once seizing power, he kills everyone who opposes him or disagrees with him - although once again this aspect is very watered down. The promised idea of a free election is also quickly dismissed as not in the people's best interests. Fidel's immense popularity with the people at the time of his coming into power is depicted, but the anti-Castro thought is only briefly touched upon in a discussion with a former restaurant ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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He fought for freedom. He settled for power.

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17 May 2005 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

It is certainly very difficult for someone to prepare well a film about Fidel Castro and Cuban Revolution. One lengthy film is not enough, may be some sequels are the best way to show something consistent. The director and producers should be obviously people neutral trying to show good and bad of this process. The film from historical point of view has a lot of incoherences, persons like Fidel and Raúl Castro as well as Che Guevara are badly played. Fidel Castro is not so sweet talking as you can see him in this film, while Guevara was a man with culture and deep in his arguments, Gael García Bernal played a role far to be Che Guevara. There are also some doubtful scenes and assertions, e.g. young Fidel Castro arguing with the American Ambassador after the American marines raped the monument of José Martí. Historically there is no evidence that Castro had such a discussion with the ambassador. Raúl Castro was never sympathetic to the leader of Orthodox party, Eduardo Chivas. Raúl was a member of the youth of the so-called Partido Socialista Popular (Communist), and this party had no good relationship with Orthodox party, so the scene of Raúl running together with Fidel at the time Chivas shot himself is not real. Celia Sánchez died several years after the revolutionary offensive, which happened in 1967. Che Guevara resigned as Minister and went first to Congo, then came back to Cuba in order to prepare the guerrilla for Bolivia. Thus the film was wrong showing that Guevara resigned and went directly to Bolivia. Any film about Cuban Revolution should give some space to Camilo Cienfuegos' life, a real hero of the Cuban Revolution, who was badly shown in the film. The figure of Dr. Osvaldo Dorticos, the second president during the Revolution, who killed himself, is absent in the film. Hubert Matos' problem was touched superficially, the same is applicable to the case of General Ochoa, just mentioned slightly at the end of the film and mixed with Mariel exodus, the latter happened in 1980 while Ochoa was arrested and processed in 1989. The relationship between Cuba and USSR was historically very complicated, and shifting from time to time. I can make a longer list of historical shortcomings of this film, but it also has the Mexican accent of the actors talking in Spanish plus some extras that do not look at all as Cubans. To prepare a good material about Cuba you must have more mulatos and black people (no less than 40% of Cuban population) participating in the film.


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27 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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