Cuba is a 1979 American adventure neo noir thriller film directed by Richard Lester and starring Sean Connery, portraying the build-up to the 1958 Cuban Revolution, filmed in Panavision. Neil Sinyard in his The Films of Richard Lester wrote that the film, “developed originally out of an idea of Lester’s own, inspired by a conversation with a friend about great modern leaders.
Former British Major and mercenary Robert Dapes arrives in Cuba under General Bello’s orders as part of the dictator Fulgencio Batista’s forces. He is to train the Cuban army to resist Fidel Castro’s revolt. Before he even begins his task, he encounters an old flame, Alexandra Lopez de Pulido, whom he repeatedly pursues. The plot winds around the tremendous wealth of the Cuban leaders, the mainly American tourists with their seemingly endless money, the poverty-stricken and ex-urban slums where many Cubans live, and the rum and cigar factory owned by Alexandra’s selfish husband Juan Pulido and managed by Alexandra.
When Alexandra’s husband takes her out and expects her to drink with a potential (factory) investor and his prostitute, she leaves the restaurant and meets Robert. Furious with her husband, she spends time with Robert, reminiscing about their affair in North Africa (when she was 15 and he was 30). They go to a motel and make love. They care for one another, but Robert will not stay in Cuba.