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We Were Strangers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00070HK42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,066 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In 2010 this does not appear to be the greatest movie ever. However in its day it was no doubt very daring and stirring. I bought it cos it is said to have been one of Lee Harvey Oswald's favourites: see also Frank Sinatra in 'Suddenly', aiming a rifle at a US President. One can see why - good old USA helping out Cuba when it is suffering from a nasty dictator and all that. The film is hardly tense, but for 1960s period sense and historical context it is watchable. 'The Great Escape' has been tunneling scenes, though. The final shoot-out also leaves a lot to be desired. But I give it 3 stars anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In 1933, Garfield and Jones join the underground to ... 5 Jun. 2015
By Champclaux - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1933, Garfield and Jones join the underground to blow up the corrupted governement of Cuba. One of the most underrated John Huston movie, writed in Cuba by Huston and Peter Vierter under the strong influence of their host, Ernest Hemigway. The high octane final fight try a mix of Hawks "Scarface" and Hemingway "For Whom the bell tolls". Labeled by Hollywood Reported as the most outrageous piece of communist propaganda ever produced outside Soviet Union.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Oswald's 'Trigger' Films? 4 Sept. 2007
By Bartleby the Scrivener - Published on Amazon.com
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The most recent issue of FILMFAX Magazine (Autumn, 2007) includes an interesting article which claims that this movie was one of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's 'trigger' films.

Oswald's widow went on record (in the Warren Report) stating that Oswald watched this film twice in 24 hours when it was shown on a local Dallas TV station, just over a month before Kennedy was killed. Researchers have verified that "We Were Strangers" was, indeed, screened twice in Dallas over a weekend in October of 1963. Following Kennedy's death, the film was effectively buried---it wasn't shown again on TV and was never released on video. It was only released on DVD about five years ago. Even the official PR copy for the DVD neglects to mention these facts.

Nobody knows if Oswald ever saw "The Manchurian Candidate". But he did absolutely see "We Were Strangers". Wondering what he was looking for in this movie, and wondering how this movie might've influenced history, make watching this film an interesting experience.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 Mar. 2017
By Josue - Published on Amazon.com
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Quick delivery,, grewt movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten, underrated film noir 1 Dec. 2012
By Esar Shvartz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the forgotten A film noirs of the 40's,with excellent acting and cinematography. It is a political thriller with sad overtunes which remines one of the Spanish Civil War and Hamingway's For Whom the Bells Toll. Also, it is ironic that Cuba, like most Latin countries, has never been mature to develop a democracy. After the dictatorship in 1933, which is the subject of this movie, came Castro with his brutal communist dictatorship which has been much worse than the 'right wing' dictatorships of the past. And we are going toward the same fate here in the USA.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure Huston film surfaces 8 Mar. 2005
By Phillip O. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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