I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)

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I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)
Soy Cuba.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
CUBA.jpg Cuba
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Release Date 1964
Language Spanish
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Alberto Sergio Corrieri
Pedro Jose Gallardo
Enrique Raul Garcia
Maria Luz Maria Collazo
Gloria Celia Rodriguez

I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) is a 1964 Soviet-Cuban B&W film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. It depicts the events of 1959 Cuban revolution through personal stories of four characters: young woman Maria who becomes a prostitute due to the poverty of her family; aged farmer Pedro who loses his house and crops when the landlord sells the land; rebellious student Enrique, killed by police during the demonstration; and farmer Mariano who joins Castro guerrillas after his family became victims of government troops. The movie was filmed on Cuba, with Soviet film crew and Cuban actors.

The following weapons were used in the film I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba):




Most police officers in pre-revolution Havana carry M1911A1 pistols. A pistol with custom engraved grips is seen in hands of the chief of police. Guerrillas also carry M1911 pistols.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
A police officer draws his M1911 when police arrest a group of leftist students.
M1911 is seen in holster in the same scene.
A police officer with a Thompson M1928A1 carries an M1911 in holster.
The chief draws his pistol.
Engraved grips can be seen.
The chief fires at rioting students.
Guerrillas commander carries an M1911 in holster.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1

Thompson M1928A1 SMGs are widely used by Havana police and guerrillas.

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 police officer in center holds an M1928A1.
An M1928A1 is seen at the left.
One of the police officers, holding the arrested student, is armed with an M1928A1.
A closeup of M1928A1, hold by a rebel.
A general view of this Thompson.
A rebel with a Thompson in action.

Thompson M1A1

Thompson M1A1 SMGs are also used by Havana police and guerrillas. At least a single piece is fitted with a foregrip instead of a forearm.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Enrique watchs the policemen throughout the sniper scope. They are armed with M1A1s with removed buttstocks.
A police officer holds an M1A1, fitted with a foregrip.
A view of the barrel of this Thompson.
One of the police officers, holding the arrested student, is armed with an M1A1 with foregrip.
A standard M1A1 is seen in guerrillas armoury.


Springfield M1903A1

Many guerrillas and government soldiers are armed with Springfield M1903A1 rifles.

M1903A1 Springfield - .30-06
A government soldier with an M1903 rifle.
A closeup of the barrel.
A closeup of the stock. The pistol-grip stock matches A1 version.
A rebel trains with a rifle.
Mariano (uncredited) reloads the rifle that he just obtained in hand-to-hand combat with a government soldier.
Mariano fires.
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Victorious barbudos on march, mostly with M1903 rifles.

Winchester Model 70

Enrique (Raul Garcia) uses a Winchester Model 70 rifle with sniper scope when he makes an attempt to assassinate the chief of police.

Winchester Model 70 sniper rifle with Unertl 8x scope. A copy of the USMC sniper rifle from Vietnam, made famous by legendary sniper Carlos Hathcock - .30-06
Enrique chooses a position on the rooftop.
The sniper scope.
The bolt handle.
Enrique with his rifle.

M1 Garand

Some Castro rebels and government soldiers are armed with M1 Garand rifles.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A rebel holds an M1 Garand while crossing the swamp.
A rebel with M1 Garand escorts Mariano in guerrillas camp.
Barbudos (the one in front really deserves this name) carry M1 Garand rifles.
Guerrillas commander with a Garand. He carries numerous cartridge clips, attached even to rifle sling.
A Garand in action.

M1 Carbine

An M1 Carbine is seen in hands of a government officer. Some guerrillas also carry M1 Carbines. This is a late version, with a bayonet lug.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
A government officer with an M1 Carbine.
A rebel at the right holds an M1 Carbine.

Cristobal M2

Cristobal M2 carbines are used by some guerrillas. These rifles are fitted with straight magazines that corresponds Cuban issued version.

Cristobal Model 2 - .30 Carbine
A man at the right holds a Cristobal carbine.
A Cristobal is seen at the background.
A Cristobal is seen at the far right.
A Cristobal is seen at the background.


Single Barreled Shotgun

Some guerrillas are armed with Single Barreled Shotguns.

A man at the right holds a shotgun.
Guerrillas armourer assembles a shotgun.
A man at the background carries a long barreled shotgun.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Some guerrillas are armed with Double Barreled Shotguns.

A double barreled shotgun is seen at the left.

Remington 870

A rebel is seen with a pump action shotgun that appears to be a Remington 870.

Remington 870 Wingmaster with 20" Home Defense barrel - 12 gauge. The screen gun looks similar but seems to have 26 or 28" barrel.
The stock is seen.
The barrel and pump is seen.

Pump Action Shotgun

Another rebel carries an unidentified pump action shotgun.

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Other Weapons

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Some rebels carry Mk 2 hand grenades.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" World War II-made High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade (sometimes written Mk II)
A rebel carries a Mk 2 grenade on his belt.
A rebel carries a Mk 2 grenade.
A rebel in front carries a Mk 2 grenade.

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