Veteran actor Andy Garcia steps into the director's chair for his first voyage into feature filmmaking with this heartfelt tribute to revolutionary, late-'50s-era Cuba featuring Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Tomas Milian, and offering the director himself in the starring role. Fico Fellove (Garcia) is the politically neutral owner of the El Tropico nightclub who seeks shelter from the winds of change behind the crowded bar of his flourishing business. Unfortunately for Fico, the blood of the revolution flows deep within the veins of his passionate brothers, and it's only a matter of time before both the club owner, and his distinguished father, are forced to face the prospect of having their lives forever changed despite their indifference to the violence that surrounds them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This movie shows us how wonderful it could be to be in a rich family in pre-Castro Cuba. Not exactly a surprise.... Purports to be a strong proponent of the arts and of artists, but only shows brief glimpses of these. The romantic leads are attractive people but had no spark. Bottom line is the script seemed like a Cliff's Notes version of a very long novel.
Having grown up in Havana through my Elementary years, I found this movie rather fascinating. I had always heard of names like Mayer Lanski, the Mafia boss who controlled many of the casinos in Havana, and Fangio, the famous racecar driver in those Grand Prix races along Havana's Malecon waterfront. The nightlife was, of course, something very special although as a kid I never experienced it. This was a very entertaining movie, seen through the eyes of the more privileged and more politically active and reactive, although I found it a bit too long in places and therefore could have used more editing which showed Andy Garcia's passion for this story and directorial learning curve.
This is an excellent drama with some of the most talented actors, such as Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman. I was not sure of Bill Murray role other than to lighten up a serious story line. It is an informative depiction of the Cuban revolution. I highly recommend this movie.