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Reviled as a brutal dictator by some, respected as a tireless champion of his nation's underclass by others. Fidel Castro, the world's longest-serving head of state, inspires both fear and fealty. Since seizing power in his native Cuba in 1959 and embracing communism a year later, he has confounded US policymakers for decades. This objective dramatization of his life, starring Victor Hugo Martin, traces Castro's volatile career--from his boyhood on the family sugar plantation to his current position as leader of a nation pondering renewed diplomatic relations with the West. 2 hours 20 min. on 1 cassette or 3 hours 26 min. on 1 DVD.
In 1959, Fidel Castro's tiny band of rebels toppled a corrupt Cuban dictatorship. Forty years later, Castro remains in power, incredibly surviving a CIA-led invasion, a missile crisis, eight assassination attempts, nine U.S. presidents and the fall of his Soviet allies. This riveting, hard-edged and intensely emotional drama traces the rise of one of history's most intriguing and controversial figures - from a guerilla outpost to the presidential palace. Featuring a stellar cast and tightly woven script, FIDEL goes behind the politics to offer up a rare personal portrait of a man driven relentlessly by his convictions, his pride and his passions. Ultimately, as portrayed by Victor Huggo Martin, the legendary Fidel Castro proves very human, torn by his love for two women and despairing that the idealism, charisma and will power that inspired a revolution could not build the free and prosperous nation he had envisioned.
I love movies about Cuba. This miniseries was and is fantastic. The viewer gets to see what the situation was like under Batista and why Castro began the revolution. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
Never ordered a used product before. Was pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of the DVD.
Enjoyed the film greatly. Read more
This 4-hour miniseries aired on Showtime in 2002. It was filmed in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by El Infante
I feel this is probably the closest you'll get to the true story about Fidel (although I am not Cuban & don't have any Cuban relatives). Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Sheela