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The character in "Cuba" with the sincerest political convictions is a young woman of wealth and position who is loyal to her doomed class. As the outgoing regime consists of fat people wallowing unbecomingly in their crude luxuries, and the incoming regime is all offstage except for a few skinny' urchins sneakily and hotheadly shooting everyone they can, there's not much to choose from.
Brooke Adams, as a woman who genuinely and unromantically enjoys the social position of her husband's family, the challenge of running his cigar factory, and the white Cadillac convertible that stands for everything else in their lives, is plucky and clear-eyed. She sees the corruption in her class, but steadfastly loves its rather obvious advantages; she feels the same way about her handsome, lying husband.
Surely one is not expected, in this confused film, to cheer for the unobliging noblesse. It must be intended that the audience accepts Fidel Castro's coming, shown on television at the end of the film, as the new heroic order. But there is no dramatic evidence that anyone in the film, except for that heroine, understands the class system, let alone has an attachment to any part of it.
Sean Connery, as an English mercenary working for Batista; Jack Weston, as a disgusting American businessman; Batista himself, and his entire administration do not seem to have much stake in the situation. Their heaviest thought is connected with travel arrangements -- how long can they delay and enjoy the Havana nightlife before making the last plane out? The chief representatives of the working classes, a brother and sister, are interested only in sexual politics of the most traditional sort -- she in enjoying the boss' son, he in avenging her alleged dishonor.
There is a visual sun-and-neon-baked sleaziness to the look of "Cuba" that's amusing to watch. But why all these people carried on so, just to disrupt the comfortable life of one cynical but appreciative woman, is never made clear.