->''"Night train to Mundo Fine\\
Night train to the end\\
Running hard and running fast\\
To meet my future and away from my past\\
Taking that gamble that cannot last\\
Night train to the end"''
-->--'''Creator/JohnCarradine''', "Night Train To Mundo Fine"

''Red Zone Cuba'', also known as ''Night Train to Mundo Fine'', is a movie about... well, it's hard to say really. It follows Griffin, an escaped convict and outlaw played by none other than Creator/ColemanFrancis (who also wrote, produced and directed the film) and his two associates as they try to scrabble out a marginal existence as migrant workers in the American South (OK, it's obviously the trashlands around Lancaster in the days before meth labs). They learn that the army is planning to invade UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}} (good job on the whole "secret" thing, huh?!) and decide to sign up--so they can desert with the signing bonus. (Unfortunately for them, the Army doesn't pay cash up front.)

After less than 24 hours in boot camp and a laughable desertion attempt, the Army "strike force" (which consists of five guys, and gets {{Handwave}}d by being a preliminary raiding force or something) "shoves off"[[note]]"''[[NoYou You]]'' shove off!"[[/note]] to Cuba (well, UsefulNotes/NewMexico [[CaliforniaDoubling posing as Cuba]]) to [[HistoricalInJoke pave the way for the main Bay of Pigs invasion]], only to be foiled by UsefulNotes/FidelCastro (or, rather, a look-very-vaguely-alike with a badly-fitting false beard), who captures our daring trio and takes them to a POW camp. While in prison, Griffin learns that one of their fellow soldiers--on the verge of death--owns a valuable uranium/diamond/tungsten mine in UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}, and the three decide to break out and take control of the mine themselves.

Once back in the US however, the trio are distracted by a restaurant and decide to vent their frustrations by murdering the owner and raping his blind daughter, hopping on a freight train (driven by none other than Creator/JohnCarradine) and stealing each other's keepsakes for petty cash. When they finally get to the mine, the soldier's widow happily offers to split the deeds to the mine with them, and, out of gratitude, Griffin shoots her. The police, finally noticing the 250-pound bald guy murdering his way across the country, close in. Coleman Francis is shot, and his partners surrender. One of the policemen loads the widow's body into the back of his truck and returns her to her home where, by a twist of fate, her soldier husband has just inexplicably arrived home completely well. But his wife is NotQuiteDead, and they share a reunion as the film thankfully shudders to a stop.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E19RedZoneCuba episode recap page]].
!!Red Tropes Cuba:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Griffin is capable of surprising athleticism despite being overweight.
* AntiHero: Supposedly Griffin (maybe), though any audience sympathy has evaporated by the time he's raping the restaurant owner's blind daughter.
* ArcWords: The phrase "He [Griffin] ran all the way down to hell, with nothing but a penny and a broken cigarette" is stated in the very beginning and in the very end in way that suggests a huge significance. While the broken cigarette makes at least some kind of sense (Griffith is a heavy smoker throughout the film), the penny does not play any role whatsoever.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: In real life, the ground troops at the Bay of Pigs were almost exclusively Cuban exiles, and spent several months training in Guatemala. Chastain at least is said to be the grandson of Cuban exiles, but most of the other soldiers look like whitebread Americans.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Apparently the entire process of enlisting, completing training, and being deployed on a top secret mission only takes 24 hours. Moreover, the US Army is willing to enlist hobos, some of whom have criminal records.
* AuthorAppeal: Coffee, vigilantism, death, misery, light aircraft, death, misery, the "Yucca Mountain" location (probably somewhere in San Bernardino County, California), death, misery, coffee, big breasts aimed at the camera, death, misery, coffee -- it must be a Coleman Francis film!
* BananaRepublic: Cuba is portrayed as this, which makes sense considering this is the way the U.S. government's propaganda portrayed them at the time.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Griffin and company get involved in The Bay of Pigs invasion.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Griffin is gunned down and killed, and his two "friends" are both arrested. Chastain, meanwhile, is revealed to be alive and well and is reunited with his wife.]]
** Considering the worst antics the three vagrant criminals get into, a somewhat DarkerAndEdgier version of a HappyEnding would be more accurate.
* BookDumb: Cherokee Jack, if the horrid spelling on his sign is any indication.
* {{Bookends}}: ''Red Zone Cuba'' begins and ends with the phrase "ran all the way to hell."
* BuryYourDisabled: Griffin forces himself on a blind woman.
* TheCameo: Creator/JohnCarradine, who only appears in one scene at the very beginning of the movie, and also he sings the theme song ("Night Train to Mundo Fine"). Despite this he's listed as a "guest star."
* TheCastShowOff: Carradine again. His voice may be crusty, but the man can carry a tune.
* ChronicVillainy: Griffin announces his intention to "go legit" less than thirty seconds before whipping one of his friends with a belt and robbing him. He seems incapable of passing up the opportunity to commit ''any'' crime. His response to seeing a man with a blind daughter is to throw the man down a well and rape the daughter. And still he wonders why he can't go legit...
* DangerousDeserter: Our three "heroes", after their escape from Cuba.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Griffin, supposedly. He supposedly pulled off a somewhat clever scheme before the movie began, selling off a massive load of cotton only to steal it back and sell it again. Then again, it clearly wasn't that clever since he got caught, and nothing he see him do on screen is anywhere near that smart.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: John Carradine is not only a "[[TheCameo guest star]]" but he also sings the theme song, "Night Train to Mundo Fine."
* EconomyCast: Practically every actor whose character dies gets resurrected as another. In one case, a dead soldier comes back as a member of the firing squad who killed him! Cherokee Jack also shows up as one of Castro's aides.
* TheEeyore: The restaurant owner. Being murdered by Griffin was probably the best thing that ever happened to him.
* FailedASpotCheck: One of the prisoners keeps a huge painting (of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Virgin Mary and Jesus]]) under his blanket in the Cuban POW camp. How the Cuban guards missed this stretches belief a lot.
* FatBastard: Griffin. As the various entries on this page show, he's not exactly a nice man, and he's grossly overweight.
* FramingDevice: The whole movie is a flashback being told by the driver of a train that the trio briefly rode on. How he knew all the details of their story (or any, considering he tells a reporter that he never saw them and it was dark anyway) is left unsaid.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:"Griffin, he ran all the way to hell... with a penny and a broken cigarette."]]
* GroinAttack:
** The dog, on itself, on the barb wire fence.
** Griffin mashes a fellow enlistee's face on his knee, but thanks to the angle and the blocking, it looks like he's shoving the man's face into his ''crotch'' to knock him out. To be fair, the man is probably grateful he didn't choose the latter.
* HairTriggerTemper: Griffin, who seems ready to completely lose his shit at the drop of a hat. Most notably, he strangles one of his friends for simply saying he read about his wife in a newspaper... and said friend didn't even realize the woman ''was'' his wife!
* TheHeroDies: Well, it depends on your definition of [[DesignatedHero "hero"]].
* HollywoodDarkness: Several "night" scenes, for example in the Cuban POW-camp, are clearly shot in the daylight.
* InformedAbility: It's hard to believe Griffin could be a magnate of ''anything'', much less "The Cotton King of the South".
* LadyOfWar: The Cuban guard that Tom Servo identified as Patty Hearst and [[Series/TheDickVanDykeShow "Laura Petrie]]: Revolutionary".
* LoveableRogue: Griffin ''might'' have been intended to be this. ''Might.''
%% * TheMusical: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20030402184739/http://www11.brinkster.com/kundo3/rzc/main.html Oh, yes.]]
* MeaningfulName: Baily ''Chast''ain (read: chaste) is the character in the film, who suffers the most from the communists (they part him from his mine in Arizona) and he shows the most of a capitalist attitude.
* MustHaveCaffeine: It's not a Creator/ColemanFrancis film without coffee.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Griffin beats someone up for reading in a newspaper a report that his wife has become a prostitute.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Obviously Cherokee Jack isn't supposed to be an actual Cherokee, but there's still no explanation as to why an airplane pilot in the Arizona desert has a Brooklyn accent.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Chastain. Last we saw him he was locked up in a Cuban P.O.W. camp waiting to be executed by firing squad, then he shows up again in the United States, alive and well, at the end of the movie.
* PetTheDog:
** At one point while driving, Griffin sees that Cook is freezing in their convertible, so puts the top up.
** The trio also initially act nice towards Chastain's wife, but you never know - Griffin is a ticking time bomb.
* RandomEventsPlot: Griffin meets Landis and Cook on the highway, joins the Army with them, gets captured in Cuba, comes back to the United States and murders a restaurant owner, then tries to go mining for tungsten with Chastain's wife... the only thing tying all of these things together are the characters and their quest to get rich.
* RedScare: Like ''Film/TheBeastOfYuccaFlats'', this movie takes it's share in the then popular wave of commie scare movies of the 50s and 60s. However, other than parting Chastain from his uranium mine in Arizona, Cuba (the Communists) is rather portrayed as BananaRepublic. The focus of the story is on Griffin's unscrupulous acts, though.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin:
- Cherokee Jack-
** Even though it's deliberate misspelling, director Francis even manages to screw up the joke by allowing the viewer less than two seconds to read the sign.
* ScareChord: Following "He ran all the way to hell..."
* TheSociopath: Griffin. It was probably unintended -- but if it ''was'' intended, then he's one of the most disturbingly realistic portrayals of a sociopath ever put to film.
* StageWhisper: A downright absurd example. After the sheriff reveals there's a reward of five thousand dollars for Griffin's capture, Cook sharply warns Landis "Griffin'll kill ya!" so he doesn't spill the beans; this is done at normal speaking volume, with the sheriff three feet away and staring right at the pair of them.
* StupidEvil: Griffin seems incapable of ''not'' committing a crime.
* ThemeParkVersion: The way this movie presents the US Army.
* TitleThemeTune: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYl_YzcJMKU Night Train to Mundo Fine]]", except the title of the movie was later changed.
* UncertainDoom: We see Chastain's wife open her eyes at the end, but don't know if she actually survives or just held on to that point.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Chastain, the dying soldier, whose fever is magically cured and [[OffscreenTeleportation somehow teleports]] back to the US.
* VillainProtagonist: Griffin himself. The entire point of the movie is just watching him commit crime after crime, all while insisting he's totally going to go legit.
* WorstAid:
** Sure, a cup of water is the perfect cure for gangrene.
** And don't forget to throw the gunshot victim onto a blanket in the back of your pickup truck before driving over a long series of dirt tracks in the desert.