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The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 17 July 1998 (USA)
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A young thief, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who also pursues vengeance of his own.

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Martin Campbell

Writers:

Johnston McCulley (character Zorro), Ted Elliott (story) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José María de Tavira ... Young Alejandro Murrieta (as Jose Maria de Tavira)
Diego Sieres Diego Sieres ... Young Joaquín Murrieta
Emiliano Guerra Emiliano Guerra ... Boy Crying
Yolanda Orizaga Yolanda Orizaga ... Woman Crying
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Undertaker
William Marquez William Marquez ... Fray Felipe
Stuart Wilson ... Don Rafael Montero
Tony Amendola ... Don Luiz
Anthony Hopkins ... Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro
Pedro Altamirano Pedro Altamirano ... Squad Leader
Luisa Huertas Luisa Huertas ... Nanny
María Fernández Cruz María Fernández Cruz ... Baby Elena de la Vega (as Maria Fernandez Cruz)
Mónica Fernández Cruz Mónica Fernández Cruz ... Baby Elena de la Vega (as Monica Fernandez Cruz)
Julieta Rosen ... Esperanza de la Vega
Antonio Banderas ... Alejandro Murrieta / Zorro
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Storyline

In 1821 Old California--after humiliating once more the evil Spanish governor, Don Rafael Montero--the mysterious black-caped masked avenger of the oppressed, Don Diego de la Vega, or Zorro, finds himself incarcerated. With his only daughter raised by Don Rafael as his own, the grizzled swordsman makes a daring escape nearly two decades later, and takes under his wing the unrefined outlaw, Alejandro Murietta, to teach him the ropes and, hopefully, become the next Zorro. Now, the stage seems set for a ferocious final confrontation, as the new young rapier-wielder prepares to thwart the despicable governor's sinister plans. Can Alejandro live up to legendary Zorro's name? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The sword. The mask. The legend. He isn't just one man... HE'S ZORRO! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of Zorro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,525,855, 19 July 1998

Gross USA:

$94,095,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,288,523
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Color:

Color (CFI)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In order to accomplish the effect of Elena's (Catherine Zeta-Jones') dress falling off from being sliced up by Zorro, a wire was attached to the dress to pull it off. See more »

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Time is compressed whenever handy. It takes weeks, if not months, for Diego to train Alejandro in swordsmanship--yet only a few days at most to cram him on charm, dancing and hand-magic (the rose at the banquet), plus name-dropping and court politics in Spain and forging papers of introduction. See more »

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Alejandro Murrieta: Did you miss me?
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The film opens and closes with Zorro drawing his sword and slashing a Z on the screen. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Antonio Banderas Movies (2011) See more »

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I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Produced by Jim Steinman
Performed by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena
Tina Arena appears courtesy of Sony Music (Australia)
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Exquisite adventure with horse action, fencing duels and swashbuckling
13 February 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Antonio Banderas is appropriately magnificent along with gorgeous heroine Catherine Zeta-Jones.This superior Zorro with great swordplay is a lavish swashbuckler starred by Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas as the dashing masked avengers . A young Banderas dons a black outfit and becomes the ideal Zorro riding in the hoofprints continuing in the wake of the old Zorro-Hopkins who passes his mantle of protector of hapless ad unfortunates. This is a zesty recounting of saga of legendary masked rider , though not as distinctive as previous classic entry starred by Tyrone Power. Here Zorro faces danger from governor Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson) as well as corrupt villain captain Harrison (Matt Letscher). And Anthony Hopkins gives slickness and distinction as elegant veteran Zorro. After numerous setbacks the hero and his lovely heroine, a wonderful Catherine Zeta-Jones, help the good people of California thwart the greedy schemes of a meanie who stands in the way of statehood for the territory. The nimble actor Banderas runs and jumps all over the images of this movie, as he deals with the oppressor with a breathtaking finale and wreak havoc included.

In this first Zorro starred by Antonio Banderas took a chance and jumped from comedy-action to costumed comedy-adventures; he steals the show as Murrieta/Zorro relishing his secret identity with cape and sword; executing bounds and leaps, twists and climbs and throughly enjoys himself. A great casting and an unstopped action keep this picture moving at a rapid clip. Banderas made the character of Zorro his own and quickly established himself as a Latin legend. Antonio Banderas is terrific as the Zorro, well accompanied by ideal heroine, a beautiful Zeta-Jones. Nice secondary cast, such as Stuart Wilson, overacting outrageously as the villain, and actors as Tony Amendola and Pedro Armendariz Jr , booth of whom will repeat acting in the following. Furthermore, overwhelming swordplay and horse action and displays too much of everything. Stirring musical score by James Horner and colorful cinematography by Phil Meheux. Other versions about this known character created by Johnston McCulley are the following : The mute classic adaptation ¨Mark of Zorro¨(1920, Fred Niblo, with Douglas Fairbanks), the classic ¨Mark of Zorro¨(1940, Robert Mamoulian with Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone and Linda Darnell), and followed by ¨The legend of Zorro¨( 2005, Martin Campbell again with Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Tony Amendola,Pedro Armendariz and Rufus Sewell) and European version ¨Zorro¨(1975, Duccio Tessari with Alain Delon, Octavia Piccolo and Stanley Baker) . Rating : 7,5, good, better than average. The motion picture will appeal to trio protagonist fans: Banderas, Hopkins and Zeta Jones. Well worth watching.


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