Cuba

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Cuba
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Theartical Release Poster
Country USA.jpg USA
Directed by Richard Lester
Release Date 1979
Language English
Spanish
Studio Holmby Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Robert Dapes Sean Connery
Alexandra Lopez de Pulido Brooke Adams
Larry Gutman Jack Weston
Capt.Raphael Ramirez Hector Elizondo
Donald Skinner Denholm Elliott
General Bello Martin Balsam
Juan Pulido Chris Sarandon
Julio Mederos Danny De La Paz


Cuba is a 1979 movie directed by Richard Lester and starring Sean Connery as a British mercenary Major Robert Dapes, an expert in counter-guerrilla warfare, who is hired by Cuban government to organise successful operations against Castro's guerrillas. In Habana Dapes meets his love of old days, Alexandra Lopez de Pulido (Brooke Adams) who is now married a wealthy playboy.

Note: the movie was filmed in Spain, which affected the choice of screen guns.


The following weapons were used in the film Cuba:

Contents


Handguns

M1911A1

M1911A1 pistols are widely used by numerous characters, including Maj. Dapes (Sean Connery), Capt. Ramirez (Hector Elizondo), Gen. Bello (Martin Balsam), and Julio Mederos (Danny De La Paz).

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Gen. Bello on shooting range.
Dapes examines Gen. Bello's pistol.
The grip is seen.
Capt. Ramirez draws his Colt during the encounter on the sugarcane plantation.
Ramirez puts the pistol back in holster.
Julio holds a 1911.
A guerilla unit leader raises his pistol.
Dapes captures the M10 tank destroyer.
Another view of the same scene.

Astra 400

Some government troops officers and warrant officers, including a sergeant (Ram John Holder) who leads the patrol unit, carry Astra 400 pistols.

Astra 400 - 9x23mm Largo
A good view of the pistol.
The sergeant fires.
Colonel Rosell Leyva (Earl Cameron) at the left carries an Astra 400 in holster.
The same sergeant surrenders his pistol to a guerilla fighter in the scene on the gas station.

Beretta M1934

One of the rebel workers on Pulido tobacco factory is seen with a Beretta M1934. The pistol is also seen in hands of midget Jesus (David Rappaport).

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
The worker draws his pistol.

Smith & Wesson New Model No.3

After Julio Mederos' (Danny De La Paz) M1911 jams, he takes a Smith & Wesson New Model No.3 from a fellow girl guerilla fighter. The revolver is possibly a Spanish manufactured version.

Smith & Wesson New Model No.3
A guerilla girl holds an open revolver.
Julio takes Alexandra as hostage.
Another view of the revolver.
Julio fires.

Submachine Guns

Erma EMP-35

Erma EMP-35 SMGs are used by both government troops and guerillas. They are possibly Spanish manufactured Coruña M41/44 in 9x23mm Largo caliber. In one scene Maj. Dapes (Sean Connery) briefly holds an EMP-35, taken from a female guerilla fighter.

Erma EMP-35 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A soldier with Erma guards two arrested young men.
The soldier fires at escaping prisoner.
A female guerilla fighter holds a Erma SMG. She also carries a Mills Bomb on her belt.
A worker of tobacco factory holds a Erma.

In one scene a guerilla fighter fires a submachine gun that resembles experimental Vollmer-Erma VMP 1930 but most likely appears to be a EMP-35 with removed barrel shroud.

For comparison: Vollmer-Erma VMP 1930 - 9x19mm Par
A close view of the muzzle.
A guerilla figher fires.

Suomi KP/-31

A Suomi KP/-31 with stick magazine is used by numerous guerilla fighters.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm
A leader of a guerilla unit holds a Suomi.
The same character fires his Suomi during the massacre in restaurant.
A female guerilla fighter with a Suomi.
A close view of the muzzle.
Guerilla fighter with Suomi during the battle on the gas station.
Guerilla fighters with Suomi SMGs and Mauser rifles.
A guerilla fighter holds a Suomi in the final scene in airport.

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II SMGs of British and Canadian versions are used by guerillas.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Workers of tobacco factory smuggle Stens. Note T-shape buttstocks.
A pair of Stens is seen on guerilla base.
A Sten is seen at the right.
A guerilla fighter in center holds a Sten.
The buttstock of Canadian version is seen at the right.
A guerilla fighter holds a Canadian Sten in the final scene in airport.

United Defense M42

United Defense M42 SMGs are also used by guerillas.

UD M42 submachine gun - .45 ACP
A pair of M42s are seen among other weapons, one at the left on the floor, another one at the far right, also on the floor.
A guerilla fighter at the left holds an UD M42.
UD M42 is seen on a promotion still.

Unknown Thompson-style submachine guns

M1928A1-like version

Guerilla fighters and government troops use submachine guns that resemble Thompson M1928A1s. See talk page for the discussion of these guns.

For comparison: M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
A fake Thompson M1928A1 at the left, an unknown SMG at the right.
A fake Thompson is seen in center, next to a Mauser rifle.
A government soldier fires a fake Thompson during the attack on the train.
Another guerilla holds a fake Thompson in the final scene in airport.

M1921/M1928-like version

Guerilla fighters also carry unknown SMGs that have Thompson-style foregrips, pistol grips and rear sight guards but differs in having large space between the trigger guard and magazine well. Such SMGs are seen in some other Spanish filmed movies, like From Hell to Victory. Their general view allows to guess that they are visually modified Labora Fontbernat M1938 SMGs. See talk page for further discussion of these guns.

For comparison: M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
For comparison: Labora Fontbernat M1938 - 9x19mm Par or 9x23mm Largo
A Thompson at the left, an unknown SMG at the right.
Another one of these mysterious SMGs is seen at the left.
An unknown SMG is seen at the left.
An unknown SMG is seen at the background.
A guerilla fighter holds the mysterious SMG in the final scene in airport.
Another view of the same gun.
A close view of the barrel of the same gun. Note that the cooling fins are different from a Thompson, and the barrel itself seems shorter.

Star Si35

What appears to be a Star Si35 is briefly seen on guerilla base.

Star Si35 SMG - 9x23mm Largo
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Madsen M50

A Madsen M50 is seen in documentary footage when victorious Fidel Castro enters Habana.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
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Bergmann MP35/I

A Bergmann MP35/I is seen in the same footage.

Bergmann MP35/I
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Rifles

M43 Spanish Mauser

Government troops and guerillas use M43 Spanish Mauser rifles.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A pair of soldiers patrol streets, carrying Mauser rifles on slings.
A guerilla fighter carries a Mauser rifle.
Soldiers carry Mauser rifles.
A good view of typical outlook of Mauser M43.
Soldiers with Mauser rifles on railroad flatcar.
A soldier in action.
A guerilla fighter in action.

M1 Carbine

Some guerilla fighters are seen with M1 Carbines.

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine
One of the celebrating guerillas has an M1 Carbine.

CETME Rifle

What appear to be a CETME Rifle of unclear model is seen on a documentary footage that shows a Cadillac Gage Commando armored car.

For comparison: CETME Model B - 7.62x51mm NATO
The barrel of CETME protruds from the firing port.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns are mounted on jeeps and M10 tank destroyers of government troops. Larry Gutman (Jack Weston) fires an M1919A4, dismounted from M10.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
Jeep-mounted M1919 is seen at the right.
An M1919 is mounted on Cadillac Gage Commando armored car.
A crewmember of M10 tank destroyer fires M1919 without support.
The pivot-mounted M1919 is seen next to Dapes.
Two M1919s are mounted on M10: a pivot-mounted machine gun is seen at the foreground while another one is mounted coaxial with main gun. Standard secondary armament of M10 GMC consists only of a single M1919 or M2HB on pivot mounting; no coaxial machine gun was installed.
The muzzle of coaxial M1919 can be seen.
Another viw of pivot-mounted M1919.
Larry Gutman fires at a plane that he takes for an enemy bomber.

Browning wz. 1928

A Browning wz. 1928 is used by a soldier in the opening scene. This Polish light machine gun appeared in Spain during the civil war. The screen gun appears to be an early model with removed flash hider.

Polish Browning wz. 1928 - 7,92 x 57 mm Mauser.
The soldier fires at escaping prisoner.
The buttstock can be seen.

Other Weapons

Mills Bomb

A female guerilla fighter carries a Mills Bomb.

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
The woman operates a radio. She has a Mills Bomb on her belt.
A close view of the grenade.

Wheellock Musket

A pair of XVII century-style Wheellock Muskets are used as decoration in Gen. Bello's apartments. They are most likely non-firing replicas.

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Trivia

M10 Tank Destroyer

An M10 Tank Destroyer appears during the battle on gas station. Maj. Dapes captures it from government troops and mans 75mm gun while Larry Gutman performs the duties of driver.

Gun Motor Carriage M10 moves on dirty road.
Dapes loads the gun.
The M10 in action.

Fake "Sherman Firefly Tank"

A pair of M4 Shermans participate in the battle on gas station. They appear to be fibreglass replicas, built on Landrover chasis (originally for A Bridge Too Far).

Note the fake barrel, mounted around a slim tube that appears to be a sort of pyrotechnical device.
A pair of fake Shermans on the road. Note the wheels inside the tracks.

Cadillac Gage Commando

A Cadillac Gage Commando armored car is seen in documentary footage. It bears Spanish red-yellow-red military insignia and has nothing common with Cuba though in the movie it is presented as belonging to Gen. Batista troops.

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Mountain Gun

Two cannons are mounted on a railroad flatcar. They appear to be Skoda 75mm mountain guns of WW1 pattern.

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