Red Zone Cuba (1966) (part 5 of 9)

We go outside, and it’s suddenly daylight as every single previous shot of soldiers pacing back and forth is reused. Then we cut to Griffin, and it’s night again. He’s decided to top the stupidity of smoking in a plane by now smoking in bed. He reveals to the other two men that he “always wanted money. A lot of money.” Cook replies, “If we stick together, maybe we can get money. Somewhere!” Two men with a plan. That’s what I like to hear!

Griffin remarks, “If only the boys in the joint could see me now.” Boy, wouldn’t they be jealous. “Going to fight for some peasants in Cuba.” Then we cut to Cook, also smoking in bed. Ten minutes later, he takes the cigarette out of his mouth and laughs for unknown reasons. Then he asks Griffin how he busted out of prison.

After an eternity, Griffin tells him, “Drain pipe. Dug up some dirt. I worked three long months.” Ah, so that’s where his fondness for drain pipes comes from. All of a sudden, the name “Griffin” is starting to ring some bells for Cook. He remembers a guy named Griffin who was known as “the Cotton King of the South!” Well, it beats being the Polyester King of the South, that’s for sure.

According to Cook, the Cotton King of the South would sell a lot of cotton during the day, but steal it all back at night. That’s what we in the business call “markup”. Cook says to no one in particular, “They sent him up for a long stretch. Seems like… a thousand years ago.” After this movie, everything will seem like a thousand years ago. Naturally, since Cook is speaking, the camera is focused on Griffin instead as he silently lies on his cot.

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Multi-Part Article: Red Zone Cuba (1966)

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