Pier 5, Havana Film Details
Overview: A Yank comes to Havana in search of an old friend who disappeared during the Cuban Revolution, and discovers a group of Batista sympathizers plotting to overturn Castro.
Review: **SPOILERS** With his arrival to Havana just days after Cuban Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, known to his many followers as “El Beardo”, and his man took over the city American businessman Steve Daggett, Cameron Mitchell, tries to find his good friend and army buddy, who saved his life in Korea, Hank Miller, Logan Field. Having dropped out of sight and very possibly into the Caribbean Sea after one of his drunken binges, that he’s become famous for, Hank has been given up by everyone, except Steve, for dead Getting in touch with the newly installed, by Castro, Havana police chief Let. Garcia, Michael Granger, Steve is introduced to Hank’s grieving wife Monica played by the statuesque 5 foot 7 inch tall Allison Hayes. This a year after Allison achieved motion picture immortality playing the part of Nancy Archer in “The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”. As we soon see Steve and, even though she refuses to acknowledge it, Monica have been lover from way back before she dropped him for his friend the helplessly alcoholic Hank Miller. It’s when Lt. Garcia enlightens Monica with that fact, by showing Monica a photo of her Hank and Steve together, that she grudgingly admits that she and Steve have known each other for a number of years. All this soon becomes moot a minute later when it’s brought out that Monica is now married to the handsome Cuban speed boat enthusiast and millionaire tobacco farmer Fernando Ricardo, Eduardo Noriaga. As it soon turns out Hank a cracker-jack airplane and speed boat mechanic somehow got involved with a gang of Batista, the Cuban dictator whom Castro ousted from power, supporters who want him to convert a number of outdated transport planes into fighter-bombers. These out of power gangsters, courtesy of the Castro Revoluton, are now planning to get their boy-Batista-back in power by any means possible! Even if they have to carpet bomb Havana to do it! Steve who never expected any of this cloak and dagger stuff has now, by his friendship with the missing Hank Miller, become the target of the Cuban Police in trying to overthrow the Castro Regime. The action gets hot and heavy with Steve trying to prevent a “Bay of Pigs”, two years before it actually happened, like assault on Castro’s Cuba from the air not, like the “Bay of Pigs” itself, the sea. It doesn’t help Steve that much when the missing and reportedly dead Hank Miller shows up, drunk as usual, to make things even worse, for Steve and his ex-wife Monica, then they already were! It’s just when the pro-Batista men were about to execute their devious plan, the bombing of Havana, that the police lead by Let. Garcia got the drop on them having them scurry for safety, as well as their lives, out of Cuba. Steve himself played no favorites between the two sides, Castro and Batista, now has a score to settle with the man, the the leader of Castro guy group, who not only kidnapped and later had his good friend Hank Miller murdered but ordered one of his goons, who was more then happy to do it, to try to assault Monica! This attempted rape on his, the goons, part failed miserably when Steve came to Monica’s rescue and judo-chopped him to death! It’s surreal to see an American made motion picture released in 1959 that actually championed Fidel Castro and his Marxist Regime in Cuba as the good guys in the movie! It was a year later that the US Government started through its CIA and Miami based Free Castro Cubans volunteers a number of major covert, and in the case of the “Bay of Pigs” overt, military actions to overthrow Castro that has lasted, some 50 years, until he himself voluntarily resigned from office because of ill health! Not because of any of the extensive military economic as well as political, in forcing country’s to boycott trade with the Cuban Government, pressures put on him by the United States Government!
Language: Spanish, English
Duration: 67 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Also known as: Exafanisis stin Kouva,Gefahr in Havanna,Pier 5, Havana,Tehtävä Havannassa,Agente federale