- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 17, 1998
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 3.0 - French
- Dolby Digital 3.0 - Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Film Highlights
- Trailers: 0riginal Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Filmmaker
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 12/12/1990
"...Sprawling, atmospheric....[At times] HAVANA truly captures the electrifying peril of its place and time..."
Sydney Pollack directs Robert Redford as Jack Weil, a high-rolling poker player who is trying to make a big score in 1958 Havana, a pleasure seeker's paradise on the verge of revolution. Although excited by the prospect of gambling in a risky environment, his plans are turned upside down when he stumbles into Bobby, the beautiful enigmatic wife of Arturo Duran, an impassioned revolutionary, resulting in a move that threatens his last chance for the big score.
Director Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford join forces to tell the story of high-rolling gambler Jack Weil. Hoping to be pushed to the edge in a place ripe for action, Weil heads to Havana at Christmastime, 1958. Cuba is experiencing prerevolutionary rumblings, and he has a theory that gamblers are more adventuresome when the bullets start flying. Once he arrives, he ends up falling in with revolutionaries and meets a glamorous Swede named Bobby Duran (Lena Olin) and her wealthy husband, revolutionary leader Arturo Duran. Suddenly Jack finds himself making radical gestures, braving financial loss and life-threatening situations in an attempt to save her from dictator Batista's men. Sexual attraction slowly leads the way to political awareness, matching the amount of time it takes for the beginnings of social change. Pollack and Redford's seventh collaboration has a dramatic romantic sweep that's augmented by crisp luminous images that create a sense of heightened reality.
- Theatrical release: December 12, 1990.
- Due to United States government restrictions on filming in Cuba, the city of Havana was re-created in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
- HAVANA is the seventh film collaboration for Redford and Pollack, following THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, JEREMIAH JOHNSON, THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN, BRUBAKER, and OUT OF AFRICA
- Estimated budget: $45 million.