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A BANDIT WHO BECAME A LEGEND!...Roaring Story of Mexico's Tiger on a White Horse!
The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Marlon Brando Dies at 80
 (From IMDb News. 2 July 2004)

Director Elia Kazan Dies at 94
 (From IMDb News. 29 September 2003)

Actor Anthony Quinn Dies At 86
 (From WENN. 4 June 2001)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Zapata

Jean Peters ... Josefa

Anthony Quinn ... Eufemio

Joseph Wiseman ... Fernando

Arnold Moss ... Don Nacio

Alan Reed ... Pancho Villa

Margo ... Soldadera
Harold Gordon ... Madero
Lou Gilbert ... Pablo

Frank Silvera ... Huerta
Florenz Ames ... Senor Espejo
Richard Garrick ... Old General
Fay Roope ... Diaz

Mildred Dunnock ... Senora Espejo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rico Alaniz ... Guard (uncredited)
Daniel Armijo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ross Bagdasarian ... Officer (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Soldier (uncredited)

Abner Biberman ... Captain (uncredited)
John F. Bray ... (uncredited)
Enrique Cabrera ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Huerta's Aide (uncredited)
Edward Colmans ... Secretary (uncredited)
Miguel Contreras ... Mexican (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Senior Officer (uncredited)

Frank DeKova ... Col. Guajardo (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Manuel (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... (uncredited)
Fernanda Eliscu ... Fuentes' Wife (uncredited)
Robert Filmer ... Captain of Rurales (uncredited)
William Frescas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Guard (uncredited)
Leonard George ... Husband (uncredited)

Bernie Gozier ... Zapatista (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ... (uncredited)
Joe Herrera ... Rurale (uncredited)
Ruben Holquin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Kingston ... (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Officer (uncredited)

Will Kuluva ... Lazaro (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Rurale (uncredited)
Paul Lopez ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Peter Mamakos ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Charles Martinez ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Yolanda Mirelez ... Girl (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Rurale (uncredited)
Julia Montoya ... Wife (uncredited)
Daniel Núñez ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Nestor Paiva ... New General (uncredited)

Kumar Pallana ... Soldier (uncredited)
James Porta ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eustorgio Ramon ... Extra (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Innocente (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Manager (uncredited)
Fred Sadoff ... Soldier (uncredited)
Juan Saenz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henri Sidoni ... Driver (uncredited)

Henry Silva ... Hernandez - Peasant who challenges 'president' Zapata (uncredited)
Marc Snegoff ... (uncredited)
Marc Snow ... Attendant (uncredited)
Shooting Star ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Guy Thomajan ... Eduardo (uncredited)

Nick Thompson ... Delegate (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Photographer (uncredited)

Philip Van Zandt ... Commanding Officer (uncredited)
Nina Varela ... Aunt (uncredited)
Juan Varro ... Guard (uncredited)
Irving Winter ... Pepe (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
John Steinbeck 

Edgecumb Pinchon  uncredited

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter  (as Claude Carpenter)
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Ugrin .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Max Golden .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert R. Snody .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Fred Carson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Bernie Gozier .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Roque Ybarra .... stunt rider (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tina Menard .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Morris Harmell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ollie Hughes .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice dePackh)
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Other crew
José R. Barcia .... instructor: Spanish (uncredited)
José R. Barcia .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Virgil Guerra .... stand-in: Marlon Brando (uncredited)
Tina Menard .... interpreter (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Juan José Segura .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Professor Sologuren .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Guy Thomajan .... assistant: Elia Kazan (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min | Argentina:115 min | West Germany:104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Marilyn Monroe tried and failed to obtain a part in this picture, presumably due to Darryl F. Zanuck's lack of faith in her ability, both as an actress and as a box office draw.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Emeliano is thrown on the slab in the middle of town so all could see what happens to revolutionaries at the end of the movie Brando's stomach could be seen heavily breathing even though he is supposed to be dead.See more »
Fernando:Where are you going?
Emiliano Zapata:I'm going home.
Fernando:So you're throwing it away! Leave tonight and your enemies will be here tomorrow in this room at that desk. They won't walk away. They'll hunt you down till you get your rest in the sun with the flies at your face. Leave now I promise you you won't live long.
Emiliano Zapata:I won't live long anyway.
Fernando:Zapata, in the name of all we fought for, don't go!
Emiliano Zapata:In the name of all we fought for, I'm going.
Fernando:I won't go with you.
Emiliano Zapata:I don't expect you to. Now I know you. No field... no home... no wife... no woman... no friends... no love. You only destroy... that is your love, and I will tell you what you will do now. You will go to Obregon or Caranza, and you will never change.
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Why isn't there a Region 1 US DVD available? Is there a rights issue or something?
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The poor striving for rights that still goes on, 27 June 2001
Author: lora64 from Canada

I'm no expert on the historical facts of the 1911 Revolution but can appreciate this movie's absorbing tale just as it stands. The photography is notably excellent and draws you into the story more and more. I think Brando as the illiterate peasant leader does a superb job of carrying the film along, creating the tender or serious moods that make for compelling drama throughout. I've always admired Jean Peters in any movie and her sensitive acting poignantly rounds out the love interest so well. Of course Quinn is his usual volcanic self, and in this instance garnered an Oscar as best supporting actor. It's a serious and sad tale about a real-life struggle of the people.

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