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|We Were Strangers|
Actors: Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Pedro Armendáriz, Gilbert Roland, Ramon Novarro
Director: John Huston
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: UN Release Date: 6-JUN-2006 Media Type: DVD
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Leslie H. from NORCROSS, GA
Reviewed on 1/7/2012...
This film is intense from start to finish. If you like suspense, this is a movie for you. The acting is outstanding! Jennifer Jones gives a stellar performance, as does Pedro Armendariz. The plot is well developed. Don't miss this one!
"They'll all be blown to hell, which is where they belong."
Dave | Tennessee United States | 03/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This neglected, controversial, and highly underated John Huston classic has thankfully been released on dvd so that movie buffs can rediscover this "lost" gem. While the dvd has no bonus features (besides a few meaningless theatrical trailors) it at least has a great sound quality and very good picture quality.
John Garfield stars as Tony Fenner, a Cuban-born expatriate who returns to his now troubled country for one purpose: to wipe out the dictator Gerardo Machado and his sinister puppet government. To do this he recruits a handful of brave Cuban patriots, including China Valdes (played by Jennifer Jones), a beautiful young woman who recently witnessed her own brother's murder by the evil chief-of-police, Ariete (played to perfection by Pedro Armendariz). China and Tony slowly but surely fall in love as they work together to free Cuba from dictatorship.
Tony and his comrades are plotting to blow up the Cuban government with a bomb, but when the plan goes wrong, they must split up and try to make their escape as best as possible. When Tony and China are trapped in a building and surrounded by the ruthless police, they decide to fight (rather than be caught and executed) back with a Thompson sub-machine gun and dynamite!
This movie was one of John Garfield's last roles before he was unjustly blacklisted, a blow that many say led to his fatal heart attack at age 39. Jennifer Jones and John Garfield have good chemistry together and the supporting cast is wonderful. If you enjoy classic movies add this explosive thriller to your collection!"
We Were Strangers (1949)
L. Dequesada | JAMAICA,, NY United States | 12/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At long last a forgotten blockbuster film from Hollywood's Golden Era will soon be released on DVD! Passed up for re-issue on video this action packed, star studded epic will leave an unforgettable impression. Starring Jennifer Jones as the sultry cuban belle and revolutionary, "China" Valdes, John Garfield as Tony Fenner, a courageous Cuban-American revolutionary, Pedro Armendariz as Ariete, the ruthless chief of dictator Machado's police and co-starring Gilbert Roland, Morris Ankrum, Ramon Novarro and others. Filmed entirely in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and released in 1949, this film is based on a true story of the Cuban underground fight against the dictatorship of Machado,during the final days of his regime in 1933.
"We Were Strangers" is definitely one of Hollywood's best action films, virtually forgotten but luckily will soon be available.
I highly recommend this film. Do not miss it as it will definitely become one of your favorites!"
Obscure Huston film surfaces
W. Oliver | Alabama | 03/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In between making the classics "Treasure of the Sierre Madre" (1948) and "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), John Huston made "We Were Strangers," which virtually vanished and was never released on VHS and seldom shown on television. At the time of the film's release, which was right at the beginning of the HUAC Committee and American political paranoia, it predictably received unfavorable and questionable attention. It was released in April of 1949 but audiences were perplexed by it and it quickly vanished from theaters.
Based on the overthrow of Cuban dictator Geraldo Machado Morales in 1933, the story is about a group of revolutionaries who plot to bring down their corrupt government. China (pronounced Cheena) Valdez witnesses her brother's murder after he distributes leftist pamphlets and vows that she will kill his assassin. At his funeral, however, she is persuaded to join an underground group whose motives are more carefully orchestrated. China's house is next door to a cemetery and the leader of the group (John Garfield) devises a scheme to assasinate an official whose family plot is in the cemetery and detonate a bomb at the man's funeral thereby killing as many officials as possible. To do this, they must dig a tunnel from China's house to the cemetery. Most of the movie is concentrated on the digging of the tunnel as Garfield and Jones' develop a romantic interest in each other. However, the film never lets the romantic issues overpower the film's basic purposes of depicting the desperateness of the Cuban terrorists and the film ends with a violent and exciting shoot-out sequence.
The film often suffers in a few places from sluggish pacing but the performances are all first rate. Jennifer Jones, doing a convincing Cuban accent, is radiant but intense as China and has good chemisty with Garfield. The supporting players are unusually fine. Pedro Armendariz, as the corrupt police chief, is deliciously menacing. Look for silent greats Gilbert Roland and Ramon Navarro in strong supporting parts as members of the resistance. Look for a cameo appearance by director John Huston who appears as a bank teller.
Many of the film's outdoor scenes are shot against rear projections, which are quite noticable. The film, however, achieves an almost documentary-like feel with its stark black and white photography.
This high definition dvd transfer is very good with excellent contrast and a minimum of softness and grain. There are a few noticable specks and scratches but nothing to warrant any serious complaints. Sadly, there are no extra features provided."