Tomás Milián, real name Tomás Quintín Rodriguez (born March 3, 1932), is a Cuban-American actor.
Milian was born in Havana. The son of a Cuban general, he settled in the United States to study in New York's Actor's Studio and became an American citizen.
After an unsuccessful start in the United States, he relocated to pursued acting jobs in Italy, where he gradually became a very successful performer. He lived in Italy for over 25 years. Although his voice was dubbed most of the time due to his accent, Milian performed his lines in Italian (or in English, depending on the film). He initially starred in arthouse movies and worked with directors such as Mauro Bolognini and Luchino Visconti. He soon became a star in spaghetti westerns, where he often played Mexican bandits or revolutionaries, roles in which he spoke in his real voice. As the genre dwindled, Milian remained a star in many genre films, often playing the villain in poliziotteschi movies. He starred with Barbara Bouchet in...
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The Lost City is a 2005 film directed by Andy García.Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia) is the owner of El Tropico, a swank nightclub in late 1950s Havana. Fico lives for his family and his music, but the harsh realities of dictator Batista’s regime threaten to destroy both. Brother Ricardo (Enrique Murciano) becomes a communist while brother Luis joins the democratic opposition. His father Federico (Tomas Milian), a well respected university professor, believes that Batista should be replaced by constitutional means.When Ricardo is arrested for anti-regime activities and threatened with execution, Fico calls upon an old prep school friend, now a police captain (Captain Castel, played by Steven Bauer), for help. Due to the intercession of Captain Castel, Ricardo is released from jail. Although Fico suggests that Ricardo go to Miami or New York for a while, Ricardo instead joins a communist rebel band headed by Che Guevara.In addition to political intrigue, Fico is also approached by American...,
Traffic is an award-winning 2000 crime/drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It explores the intricacies of the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a trafficker, whose lives affect each other even though they do not meet. The film is an adaptation of the British Channel 4 television series Traffik. In 2004, USA Network ran a miniseries — also called Traffic — based on the movie.
Film scholar Alissa Quart has described Traffic as the first in a category of films that she calls 'hyperlink movies', in which multiple stories take place, each affecting the other in ways that characters are unaware of, all the while using radically different aesthetic and cinematics techniques to define the mise en scène of each storyline.
The film begins in Mexico, where police officer Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) and his partner, Manolo, stop a drug transport and arrest the couriers. Their arrest is interrupted by General Salazar, a...,
Four of the Apocalypse (I Quattro dell'apocalisse) is a 1975 Spaghetti Western film directed by Lucio Fulci and starring Fabio Testi. It is based on two stories by western writer Bret Harte, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat".
The sole survivors from a vigilante attack on a wild west town, gambler Stubby Preston, pregnant prostitute Bunny, alcoholic Clem and Bud, who sees ghosts, strike out for the next town. On the trial, the four draw the attention of Chaco, a bandit gunman. At first, Chaco is cautiously accepted into the travelling party, but then he poisons the group with hallucinogens and leaves them to die. The survivors then find a mining town, where Bunny goes into labor. After tragedy befalls Bunny, Stubby seeks his revenge against Chaco.
Testi's character, Stubby, is the "John Oakhurst" character from "Poker Flats". Lynne Frederick's "Bunny" is named "Duchess" in the original story. The outlaw Chaco is an additional one for the film, and the action...,
The Big Gundown (Italian title: La resa dei conti - roughly Account Rendered) is a 1966 spaghetti western directed by Sergio Sollima and starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian.
It falls in to the subgenre called Zapata Westerns which are spaghetti westerns with some political context usually concerning the Mexican revolution.
Many consider The Big Gundown one of the finest spaghetti westerns second only to the Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy. It was the first film Van Cleef made following The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and was his first leading man or hero role. Tomas Milian played Cuchillo who is a charming rogue accused of rape and murder. Van Cleef as Jonathan Corbett hunts him down to help further his own political ambitions. But all is not what it seems.
Run Man Run was a sequel which brought back Tomas Milian without Van Cleef.
Tomas Milian was born