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Cuban Blood

2.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Harvey Keitel Daniel Lugo and Gael Garcia Bernal star in this action-packed drama about the sacrifices several Cuban revolutionaries must make in their efforts to stand up for what they believe is right.System Requirements:Running Time 87 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: NR UPC: 821575546850 Manufacturer No: VL-54685

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The specter of revolution hovers over a small Cuban town in 2003's Cuban Blood, director Juan Gerard's first (and, to date, only) feature. Veteran and versatile actor Harvey Keitel, whose involvement clearly helped get the picture made, plays the charismatic Che (no, not that Che), a big fish in the small pond that is Holguin, a picturesque spot that's relatively removed from the pro-Castro, anti-Batista rebellion sweeping the country in 1958. But when the rebels knock out the town's electrical power in the opening scene, an outage that lasts a full year, things start to get a little hairy, and Che and his family (including his grandson, clearly a stand-in for Gerard himself) face some major choices and changes. Granted, it's hardly the most original movie ever made. The use of a seemingly crazy homeless man (played by Georg Stanford Brown) as a prophetic Greek chorus is not an uncommon device; and as several critics have noted, echoes of other movies abound, from Cinema Paradiso and Casablanca to Rebel Without a Cause and more. In fact, Cuban Blood was itself formerly known as Dreaming of Julia, a reference to both the film that's playing in the local cinema when the power goes out and to the real name of the enigmatic "La Gringa," the only American in town (actress Iben Hjejle is actually Danish, though you'd never know it from her perfect, unaccented English). In the end, the promotional material's claim that it's "a star-studded adventure in the tradition of (Sergio Leone's epic) Once Upon a Time in America" is hyperbolic in the extreme. Nonetheless, this film--sometimes amusing, sometimes dramatic, both heartwarming and sad, sentimental but not overly so--will appeal to viewers of all ages. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Iben Hjejle, Diana Bracho, Gael García Bernal, Gabino Diego
  • Directors: Juan Gerard
  • Writers: Juan Gerard, Letvia Arza-Goderich
  • Producers: Harvey Keitel, Andrew Pfeffer, Bonnie Timmermann, Eberhard Kayser, Francesco Belfiore
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5T1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A Kid's Review on June 15, 2006
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I have to admit I had no expectations for this movie. It surprised me. Well paced, interesting enough characters an overall feel good flick if thats possible with a backdrop like the cuban revolution.
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this was better than expected - honestly, i bought it for gael garcia bernal and because i love any latin american themed movies so i had no expectation of the film
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Being Cuban i saw the cast the local and I thought bad ass' Revolution rumba hot Cuban ladies, a story ? This was so awful and what was worse was that It was awfully LONG at one point I fast forwarded to advance every ridiculously boring cliche but the flick wouldn't ennnnnnd. I laughed endlessly at Keitel's accent not to mention the dialogue, Bernal no fault of his own was useless . I'm keeping this as a reference of what not to do in making a movie. Each scene falls flat. Voiceover used as nostalgia yet sounds contrived and presentational, doing the story progression a disservice. Unfortunately a disappointment. I spent $ it's the time that was wasted .
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CUBAN BLOOD, a direct to DVD little film, has a long history. Shot in the year 2000 in the Dominican Republic as the first film for director/writer Juan Gerard (with writing assistance from Letvia Arza-Goderich) the film began as a 3 1/2 epic about the small town of Holguín, Cuba in the year 1958, a place where the Bautista/Castro clash was not as evident as in Havana. Originally named DREAMING OF JULIA (referencing both the sole entertainment for the little town - a movie house - as well as the sole Americana Julia who plays a significant pivotal role in the story), the film was next called CUBA LIBRE and finally titled (rather inappropriately CUBAN BLOOD. Juan Gerard has yet to make another film and one can understand why.

Holguín is a pretty, peaceful town whose patriarch is Che (Harvey Keitel - and the Che is an old grandfather, not the revolutionary), married to Beta (the very talented and dignified Mexican actress Diana Bracho), who are the beloved grandparents of the little boy (Andhy Méndez) whose story this film is as narrated by off screen mature Tony Planas. The impending revolution results in a loss of power for the town and the story is a simple coming to grips with the changes that are to be inevitable. The boy meets the Americana Julia (Iben Hjejle) who befriends him; he struggles with the town youths who mimic him as a chicken; he dotes on movies he watches with his grandmother Beta; he falls in love with the older Carmen (Farah Alfonseca) who in turn is in love with a quiet revolutionary sympathizer Ricky (Gael García Bernal in his second film after his debut in AMORES PERROS); he learns of Che's infidelity to Beta; and he watches the town and his family disperse with the coming of Fidel Castro's revolution.
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A Kid's Review on June 15, 2006
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I have to admit I had no expectations for this movie. It surprised me. Well paced, interesting enough characters an overall feel good flick if thats possible with a backdrop like the cuban revolution.
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