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  • Actors: Fernando Guilln, Daro Grandinetti, Laura Ramos, Ernesto Tapia
  • Directors: Alberto Lecchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC39PY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cuba, February 24, 1958: The city of Havana hosts the Second Cuban International Formula 1 Grand Prix, and Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, 5-time world champion, is awaited with open arms by both the Cuban people and their government. But the revolutionar

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The real Juan Manuel Fangio is a sports legend among Formula One race fans and in his native Argentina. The modern era of Formula One driving began in 1950 and Fangio had won five championships by 1957, a record that was unbroken for 45 years. Fangio was also a humble man. His philosophy was "always strive to be the best, but never believe that you are."

The film opens when Fangio (Darío Grandinetti) arrives in Cuba, heavily favored to win the Grand Prix of Havana. He appears calm and relaxed. He visits the race track for some test laps and gives several interviews. During a press conference at his hotel a young woman asks him a few questions, then asks him to step outside on the street so that her photographer can take pictures in better light. The girl and the photographer are both members of Castro's 26th of July Movement. When Fangio is on the street outside his hotel, they force him into a waiting car and speed away.

The kidnappers are basically amateurs. It feels as though Fangio has been kidnapped, not by revolutionaries, but by the Cuban chapter of his fan club. The group takes him from house to house in different cars, but instead of "safe houses" they use their family homes. In each house, Fangio is introduced to the family of one or another of his captors and offered whatever hospitality is available. Fangio takes all of this in stride, never losing his calm demeanor. He takes tea and chats with parents and children as though he were paying a polite social call.

Their object is to gain worldwide attention and embarrass the Batista government. They believe the Grand Prix will have to be canceled if Fangio is not present at the scheduled start time. To their shock, the race goes forward as scheduled.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on May 7, 2009
This movie is terribly bad,Horrible Quality, dull and boring, Recounts the Cuban Side of the story(If you consider Fidel Castro's regime a Reliable source), I had this misfortune of buying this dvd at a festival under false pretenses, I was told there were scenes of the actual Grand Prix(Grand Premio De Cuba) very little in fact is in this movie, This movie was done on scene in Cuba(why else would it be so biased?) Argentina,Spain, The actors are horrible,
It is misinformed, And Puts A Great Racer like Fangio in such a Bad movie that is not worth it.
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