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22 August 1952 (West Germany) See more »
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A BANDIT WHO BECAME A LEGEND!...Roaring Story of Mexico's Tiger on a White Horse!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
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)

User Reviews:
America's Favorite Foreign Revolution? See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Emiliano Zapata

Jean Peters ... Josefa Zapata

Anthony Quinn ... Eufemio Zapata

Joseph Wiseman ... Fernando Aguirre
Arnold Moss ... Don Nacio

Alan Reed ... Pancho Villa
Margo ... Soldadera
Harold Gordon ... Francisco Indalecio Madero
Lou Gilbert ... Pablo
Frank Silvera ... Victoriano Huerta
Florenz Ames ... Señor Espejo
Richard Garrick ... Old General
Fay Roope ... President Porfirio Diaz

Mildred Dunnock ... Señora 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 ... Colonel 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)
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)
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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
Travilla 
 
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
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
113 min | Argentina:115 min | West Germany:104 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Barbara Leaming writes in her biography of Marilyn Monroe that the actress 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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Eufemio:I love you, but I do not like you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.121" (2010)See more »

FAQ

Why isn't there a Region 1 US DVD available? Is there a rights issue or something?
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
America's Favorite Foreign Revolution?, 19 December 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

The history of Mexico, our southern neighbor (and sometimes victim) is better known to American movie goers than the history of most countries.

You begin with the Maya (KINGS OF THE SUN), the conquest of Mexico (THE CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE), then to the founding of Father Serra's missions in California (SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD), and then the Spanish in the southwest and California (THE MARK OF ZORRO). Mexican - American history begins with the Texas War for Independence (THE ALAMO, THE LAST TEXAN, etc.). We skip to the French "intervention": JUAREZ and VERA CRUZ. Then we tend to skip the long reign of Porfirio Diaz.

Then comes the Mexican Revolution. The number of films that deal with the revolution is vast. But here are just a few titles: VIVA ZAPATA, VIVA VILLA, VILLA RIDES, THE OLD GRINGO (about Ambrose Bierce's probable death in Mexico's revolution), VIVA MARIA (a spoof but it touches on some issues), THE THREE AMIGOS, THEY CAME TO CORDURA (regarding the American Intervention under General Pershing in 1916), THE FUGITIVE (dealing with the anti-Catholic policies of the 1920s and 1930s), and even THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRES (when you see the business with Alfonso Badoya's bandit gang against the Federales).

The Mexican Revolution had many heroes. Many were heroes for one group but devils to another. Madero and Carranza stressed the need to have a nation that was loyal to a written constitution. Zapata would be one of the leaders of the land reform movement. Starting with Francisco Madero, going through Pancho Villa and Eufremio Zapata, going to their enemy Venusiano Carranza, to Obregon, Calles, and the great land reformer Lazaro Cardenas - the leadership was varied. The largest concentration of films is on the colorful (and murderous) Villa (a recent cable television movie was about Villa and his contract with D. W. Griffith to shoot a movie, AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA). But historians usually feel that while Villa tended to be on the side of the peasants, he had too much of the bandit in him to be a leader of the revolution's reforms. Zapata, on the other hand actually tried to reform the division of land. His work never got as far as he wanted before he was assassinated, but it was burned into the souls of the people from his region of Mexico (who still call themselves Zapatistas when involved in political protests to this day), and it did help set the stage for Cardenas' reforms in the late 1930s.

With direction by Elia Kazan and screenplay by John Steinbeck, VIVA ZAPATA is a wonderful, if simplistic view of the Revolution for American audiences. Brando underplays the lead for the most part - Zapata was not an explosive personality like Villa. Anthony Quinn is the explosive brother, whose more selfish attitudes leads to his own disaster. Of the supporting players, Alan Reed is good in his scene as Villa, where he discusses the future of Mexico with Zapata. Joseph Wiseman is properly sinister as an constant malcontent agent provocateur, insinuating each leader is too weak or unreliable to lead.

There are great set pieces - like Kazan's symbolic assassination of Madero by General Huerta's goons who drown out the little reformer/orator's voice as he tries to scream with a siren (but it makes the screams of the unheard martyr like a clarion call to Mexico).

Is it real Mexican history? Not quite - it is a version of it. But it is a really well done version of it.

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