Our Man in Havana

Synopsis: Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Hasselbacher suggests that the best secrets are known to no one, he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provides fictional tales for the benefit of his masters in London. He is soon seen as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere but it all begins to unravel when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his "network" and he learns that he is the target of a group out to kill him.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Carol Reed
Production: Kingsmead Productions
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
87%
NOT RATED
Year:
1959
111 min
70 Views


- But I did best on venial sin.

- I dare say.

- Got this for your collection.

- Thank you.

I've asked Dr. Hasselbacher

for your birthday.

I thought we might go to a nightclub.

- Can we go to the Shanghai theater?

- Certainly not.

I can't think

how you've even heard of the place.

At school things get around.

Do you mind if the potatoes all have eyes?

I got them at a bargain price.

They'd rather look that way, don't they?

Have you decided

what you want for your birthday?

Really and truly, there's nothing I want.

Did you know

it's much cheaper to buy mustard in a tube?

- I'm starting an economy drive.

- Milly, you've been shopping.

There is one thing I want. I thought

we might count it as a Christmas present.

And next year's, and the year after that.

Now, don't tell me you want a Jaguar.

Oh, no. Not a car. This would last for years.

It might, in a way, save petrol.

Milly, what have you bought?

You must know?

Where's the horse?

She's awfully cheap.

I got all the accessories on credit.

You haven't any credit. I had to lend you $3

for that pendant of St. Seraphina.

- Guess what she's called.

- How can I?

Seraphina.

Capt. Segura's offered me free stabling

at the country club.

How on earth do you know Capt. Segura?

He gives me lifts home.

- Do you know what they call him?

- The Red Vulture.

I know. He tortures prisoners.

But he never touches me.

He just sings sad songs about flowers,

and death, and one about a bull.

You aren't in love, are you,

with this Capt. Segura?

I don't give a darn about Capt. Segura.

It's Seraphina I care about.

She's 15 hands and has a mouth like velvet.

Everybody says so. Feel.

$150,000 for three years?

There won't be any difficulty

with a business like yours.

Just you stop in any time

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Graham Greene

Henry Graham Greene (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991), better known by his pen name Graham Greene, was an English novelist regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene acquired a reputation early in his lifetime as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers (or "entertainments" as he termed them). He was shortlisted, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Through 67 years of writings, which included over 25 novels, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world, often through a Catholic perspective. Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Roman Catholic novelist, rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair; which are regarded as "the gold standard" of the Catholic novel. Several works, such as The Confidential Agent, The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Human Factor, and his screenplay for The Third Man, also show Greene's avid interest in the workings and intrigues of international politics and espionage. Greene was born in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire into a large, influential family that included the owners of the Greene King Brewery. He boarded at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire, where his father taught and became headmaster. Unhappy at the school, he attempted suicide several times. He went up to Balliol College, Oxford, to study history, where, while an undergraduate, he published his first work in 1925—a poorly received volume of poetry, Babbling April. After graduating, Greene worked first as a private tutor and then as a journalist – first on the Nottingham Journal and then as a sub-editor on The Times. He converted to Catholicism in 1926 after meeting his future wife, Vivien Dayrell-Browning. Later in life he took to calling himself a "Catholic agnostic". He published his first novel, The Man Within, in 1929; its favourable reception enabled him to work full-time as a novelist. He supplemented his novelist's income with freelance journalism, and book and film reviews. His 1937 film review of Wee Willie Winkie (for the British journal Night and Day), commented on the sexuality of the nine-year-old star, Shirley Temple. This provoked Twentieth Century Fox to sue, prompting Greene to live in Mexico until after the trial was over. While in Mexico, Greene developed the ideas for The Power and the Glory. Greene originally divided his fiction into two genres (which he described as "entertainments" and "novels"): thrillers—often with notable philosophic edges—such as The Ministry of Fear; and literary works—on which he thought his literary reputation would rest—such as The Power and the Glory. Greene had a history of depression, which had a profound effect on his writing and personal life. In a letter to his wife, Vivien, he told her that he had "a character profoundly antagonistic to ordinary domestic life," and that "unfortunately, the disease is also one's material." William Golding described Greene as "the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety." He died in 1991, at age 86, of leukaemia, and was buried in Corseaux cemetery. more…

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