I thought this was a pretty solid portrayal of the Communist takeover of Cuba. Andy Garcia was very good, but Bill Murray was badly miss-cast as the writer. He came across as a baffoon rather than as a serious actor. Would have been much better without him. I would have preferred a much more complete ending to the movie to add credibility to the entire story.
This is a 2005 American drama directed by Andy García.
The screenplay was written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, who was a Cuban novelist, essayist, translator, screenwriter and critic.
Dustin Hoffman plays Meyer Lansky, a high-ranking member of New York's Genovese crime family, who wishes to open up a gambling room at El Tropico.
Fico (played by Andy Garcia) intends for his club to remain a place of music and turns down the offer.
It is a pity that Hoffman plays only a minor role.
Bill Murray plays"the Writer" and asks Fico for a job, and hovers around Fico, commenting on the absurdities of life, though never playing a clear part in those absurdities.
Murray's role appears to be the personality of the screenwriter.
When I see Dustin Hoffman, the film looks like a promising drama.
However, it turns out to be an overlong, unevenly directed flop.
No director could make a good movie out of a bad script.
Very interesting, a sweet and dramatic way to show the life of Cubans. It's a true story movie and it takes you to think the most important in life that take part or not when making decisions.
I was very interested in seeing this film, so I was disappointed in the 'flow' of the story. I didn't think the main characters were well-developed at the beginning, so I wasn't always sure which of the three brothers were on screen. The music was (of course) wonderful, and I could tell that a lot of love and care went into the production. The result at times felt too staged. The images were well framed and shot in Dominican Republic as the stand-in for Cuba.
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