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Title 638 Ways To Kill Castro / Director: Cannell, Dollan.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2010 November 08 at 23:35:00.
[Place of production not identified] : [Production company not identified], 2006.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (1 hr. 14 min. 54 sec.) ; 450644591 bytes
Notes Closed captioning in English.
Summary *Strong Violence and Coarse Language* More people have tried to murder the world_s most famous socialist than any man alive. Governments and gunmen have been trying to get Cuban_s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, for 50 long years. The men who tried to kill Castro have spent decades in the shadows but now they have come forward to reveal their secrets. Who are these men? Heroes or villains? And what made them hate Castro enough to want him dead? 638 Ways To Kill Castro is a political documentary which explores the history of the relationship between the US Government and Cuba, told via the countless attempts to kill Fidel. The assassination plots are recounted by the men who were there; the men who tried to kill Castro, and the men who tried to thwart their efforts. The program reveals every conceivable method of assassination, from exploding cigars to femme fatales; a radio station rigged with noxious gas to a poison syringe posing as an innocuous ballpoint pen. On the trail of Castro_s would-be killers, the filmmakers meet a series of extraordinary characters. All these men, the film reveals, were supported and funded by the United States. At one point, staggeringly, the CIA even sought the Mafia_s help in the hope they would be able to succeed where they had failed. This extraordinary true story is poignant and tragic, yet at times, both ludicrous and laughable. It is a story of smoking guns and smoking cigars: a remarkable 50 year-long detective thriller. It is not a film about Castro, nor is it simply a lesson from Cold War history; it is a thought-provoking and serious essay about a political obsession that says as much about America_s foreign policy today as it does about the past. 638 plots to kill Castro and a few close shaves _ now it looks like _The Beard_ can die a natural death. PRODUCTION DETAILS: A Silver River Production for Channel 4, UK.
Audience Classification MA ACMA.
Other author Cannell, Dollan, director.
Bardach, Ann Louise, actor.
Bosch, Orlando, actor.
Caballero, Rodolfo Frometa, actor.
Encinosa, Enrique, actor.
Escalante, Fabian, actor.
Frometa, Teresita, actor.
Hunt, E. Howard, actor.
Maheu, Robert, actor.
Ovares, Enrique, actor.
Persaud, Roseanne Nenninger, actor.
Persaud, Sharon, actor.
Rodrguez, Felix, actor.
Smith, Wayne, actor.
Veciana, Antonio, actor.
Subject Castro, Fidel, 1926-.
Attempted assassination.
Cubans -- Politics and government.
Heads of state -- Biography.
International relations in motion pictures.