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Our Man in Havana (1959)

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writer:

Graham Greene (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Jim Wormold
Burl Ives ... Dr. Hasselbacher
Maureen O'Hara ... Beatrice Severn
Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Segura
Noël Coward ... Hawthorne
Ralph Richardson ... 'C'
Jo Morrow ... Milly Wormold
Grégoire Aslan ... Cifuentes (as Gregoire Aslan)
Paul Rogers ... Hubert Carter
Raymond Huntley ... General
Ferdy Mayne ... Prof. Sanchez
Maurice Denham ... Admiral
Joseph G. Prieto Joseph G. Prieto ... Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
Duncan Macrae ... MacDougal
Gerik Schjelderup Gerik Schjelderup ... Svenson
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Storyline

Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Hasselbacher suggests that the best secrets are known to no one, he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provides fictional tales for the benefit of his masters in London. He is soon seen as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere but it all begins to unravel when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his "network" and he learns that he is the target of a group out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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A murderously funny story, magnificently cast....marvelously made !


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Movie Channel

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Man in Havana See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kingsmead Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Graham Greene has said of his "Our Man in Havana" novel: "Alas, the book did me little good with the new rulers in Havana. In poking fun at the British Secret Service, I had minimized the terror of (Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista's) rule. I had not wanted too black a background for a light-hearted comedy, but those who suffered during the years of dictatorship could hardly be expected to appreciate that my real subject was the absurdity of the British Agent and not the justice of a revolution." See more »

Goofs

When Wormold and Hasselbacher are discussing the recruitment of agents in the bar, Hasselbacher, when being shot over his shoulder, is heard to say a line while seen to be drinking deeply from his glass. See more »

Quotes

Jim Wormold: I keep them under my pillow. At night, I mean.
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Connections

Referenced in Mindshadows (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

LA BELLA CUBANA
(uncredited)
(traditional Cuban melody)
Composed by Jose White Lafitte (1853)
used as love theme in the opening credits
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Classic Carol Reed
11 January 2005 | by trojanjimSee all my reviews

A GREAT MOVIE: classic performances, despite some miscasting with the women. The film never has any trouble deciding what it will be, despite the fact that some viewers seem put off by the shading of genres. Some of the comments above referring to a "weak" screenplay or Guinness's inability to fully develop the role only reveal how taste has changed over the years. This is classic British humor, of the black variety, very underplayed, as it always was done before the Brits succumbed to American taste. While his treatment is lighter than the book, Reed (a man, by the way, as others have noted) captures the wry cynicism of Greene perfectly. The film displays touches of the same sensibility that produced "The Third Man," which also contained humorous moments (The literary party for Holly Martins). Reed's juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy, while unsettling to some, is the essence of his profound commentary on "the spy game." As mentioned above, this deserves a DVD!!!


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