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Release Date:
22 August 1952 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
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)

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Pure Hollywood See more (42 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Before Jean Peters landed the role, Julie Harris was set to play Josefa Zapata.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Zapata rides away across the plaza after a confrontation, his pistol falls out of his holster without his noticing.See more »
Quotes:
Emiliano Zapata:Madero!
Pablo:Yes, you remember I read to you about him.
Emiliano Zapata:You promised to teach me to read.
Pablo:I will, I will.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Viva Zapatero! (2005)See more »

FAQ

Why isn't there a Region 1 US DVD available? Is there a rights issue or something?
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Pure Hollywood, 13 March 2006
Author: johno-21 from United States

This is a pretty good 1950's action/drama considering Elia Kazan had never before or never would again direct an action movie. It's almost like a Western except the setting is the second decade of the 20th century between the years of 1910-1919. Marlon Brando is Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata in a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination. Brando is paired once again with Kazan who directed him the year before in A Streetcar Named Desire and would pair with him a couple of years later in Brando's Oscar winning performance in On the Waterfront. This film is well photographed by Mexican born cinematographer Joe Macdonald who should have been nominated for an Oscar but wasn't. In a rare role for Mexican born Anthony Quinn to be actually playing a Mexican as Eufernio Zapata for which he won the Academy Award for Best supporting Actor for 1952. Quinn's first nomination of four in his career and his first win of two. The film received three other nominations for Art Direction, Music and for it's John Steinbeck written Screenplay. This film is pure Hollywood however and is largely a fictional portrayal of actual events in it's romanticizing tale of one of Mexico's most beloved heroes Zapata. Despite the story by Steinbeck the dialog is weak. It's a good movie but Kazan is out of his element here, Brando is miscast and Steinbeck is lazy. I would give it a 7.5 out of 10.

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