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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)

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Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Marlon Brando was reportedly involved in a string of stunts during filming. On location in Texas, he shot off a string of firecrackers in a hotel lobby, serenaded Jean Peters from a treetop at three in the morning, horrified cast and crew by playing dead for several minutes following the hail of gunfire that ends Zapata's life, and told visiting reporters that he once ate grasshoppers and gazelle eyes.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:
Hernandez - Peasant who challenges 'president' Zapata:I don't speak for myself now, but if anything happens to you, what would become of the people? What would they have left?
Emiliano Zapata:Themselves.
Hernandez - Peasant who challenges 'president' Zapata:And all the fighting and the deaths... what has really changed?
Emiliano Zapata:They have really changed. That's how things really change - slowly - through people. They don't really need me anymore.
Hernandez - Peasant who challenges 'president' Zapata:They have to be led.
Emiliano Zapata:Yes, but by each other. A strong man makes a weal people. Strong people don't need a strong man.
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919, 22 April 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although in fact Emiliano Zapata never became president of Mexico, for the most part this is a pretty good account of the illiterate peasant who became a romantic revolutionary. For this portrayal in his third film Marlon Brando got a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, but lost to Gary Cooper for High Noon.

And as a film concerning the turmoil in Mexico during the teen and twenty years of the last century Viva Zapata! is far better than MGM's Viva Villa that starred Wallace Beery. Then again Marlon Brando is a much better actor.

One critical thing that was left out of the story is how much land the Roman Catholic Church held in Mexico. It was not just the rich Estancias that kept the masses in Mexico in peonage, the Church had a really big share of the real estate there. If the story were written today the Church's involvement would be shown. My guess is in the years of the Cold War and the height of Joe McCarthy, no one in Hollywood wanted to make a film that criticized the church in any way. But even a few years earlier the overreaction against the church was done in the John Ford film, The Fugitive which takes place within 10 to 20 years after Zapata died.

Zapata as played by Brando may be illiterate, but he is possessed of a simple eloquence and a charisma that made him a revolutionary figure, in the same manner Che Guevara became forty years later. He tries hard to hold to the ideals of the revolution, but finds as most do that tearing down a government is relatively easy, building one from scratch is a task that has defeated many.

Anthony Quinn plays Emiliano's swaggering brother Eufemio who's not quite as idealistic as Brando. Quinn received first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the part. Quinn fills the screen with his bluster when he's on, it provides a perfect counterpoint to Brando's more idealistic role.

The guy who never gets praise for his performance is Joseph Wiseman. Wiseman, a product of the Actor's Studio in New York like Marlon Brando. This is a man whose type I've come across in numerous endeavors in my life, a professional stirrer of resentments. He's not happy unless there's some kind of battle going on. A type mind you that is ultimately dangerous for any movement. He intrigues for the sake of intrigue, but never accomplishes anything. It's a very good job by Wiseman, not often talked about for some reason.

Besides Quinn's Oscar and Brando's nomination, Viva Zapata! got Oscar nominations for Best Art&Set Direction for black and white film, Best music, and Best Screenplay. The last would have been a great honor for John Steinbeck, I'm not sure how many if any writers won a Pulitzer Prize, a Nobel Prize and an Oscar. That's three horse parlay that can't be beat.

For some reason Elia Kazan was overlooked for Best Director, possibly because he had won the year before for A Streetcar Named Desire.

Still Viva Zapata! is a work that stands up very well even with the historical inaccuracies.

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