Red Zone Cuba (1966) (part 7 of 9)

Meanwhile, Chastain is still sweating like crazy. Meanwhile, Landis is still out of focus. And meanwhile, a now painting-less Sancho Panza is still asleep. And so it goes. In a clip that was totally reused from a few minutes ago, Chastain again begs for water, so Griffin tells Cook to go to the window and ask the guard for water. He says if the guard gives them water, that means “we have a chance to make a break.”

“They won’t give us none,” a sedated Cook says, as we get a close-up of a random tin cup propped up against the wall. Griffin supposedly grabs the tin cup, and tells Cook to just go ahead and do it, and to tell the guard that Chastain has “got a fever”. And the only cure… is more cowbell!

Cook goes to the window and cries out, “Guard. Sentry. Water.” With his face all the way out of the frame, we hear Cook say that Chastain has a fever and asks for “just a cupful”, so the guard obliges him and fills the cup from his canteen. And I swear, the guy playing the guard is the same actor who was playing Philip Michael Thomas a few minutes ago [!!]. Cook then takes a sip and slowly nods. Yep, this must be good water, alright.

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Multi-Part Article: Red Zone Cuba (1966)

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  • Strelnikov

    I’ve seen “Red Zone Cuba” more than once….I think all the Cuba scenes were shot at a ranch somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, all of the outdoor scenes feel really Californian. The “Cuban airfield” might have been in the desert near El Centro or out near Palm Springs. People don’t know how rural California can get, especially as you move closer to Nevada.