The Brave One (1956)

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A young Mexican boy tirelessly tries to save his pet bull from death at the hands of a celebrated matador.



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Cast overview:
Michel Ray ...
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Rafael Rosillo
Elsa Cárdenas ...
Carlos Navarro ...
Don Alejandro
Marion Randall
Fermín Rivera ...
The Bullfighter
Jorge Treviño ...
Carlos Fernández ...


The Brave One is a bull named Gitano (or Gypsy). A Mexican boy Michael Ray "adopts" Gitano after saving the animal's life during a storm. The friendship between bull and boy is threatened when Gitano's legal owners claim the animal and ship it off to the bullring. Moved by the boy's plight, the President of Mexico signs a "pardon" for Gitano - but not soon enough to prevent the bull's appearance at the Plaze de Mexico at Mexico City, where he faces top matador Fermin Rivera. Based on a true incident, the film earned a "best story" Academy Award for one Robert Rich - who, much to the embarrassment of the Academy (and the delight of civil libertarians) turned out to be blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Written by alfiehitchie

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boy | bull | mexico | mexican | city | See All (43) »


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Release Date:

22 January 1957 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

El niño y el toro  »

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(35 mm optical prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (35 mm magnetic prints)



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2.35 : 1
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After "The Brave One' won the Oscar for Best Screenplay, independent producer Edward Nassour sued its producers the King Brothers over plagiarism. It seems the script for "The Brave One' bore an uncanny resemblance to that for "Ring Around Saturn," a stop-motion animation feature Nassour had been working on with a script written by Paul Rader. The rights were originally owned by Jesse L. Lasky, who had wanted to produce it as "Valley of the Mist." The King Brothers settled the dispute by paying out to Nassour the sum of $750,000 in an out-of-court settlement. It turned out that blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had written the script for "The Brave One" using the pseudonym of Robert Rich. See more »


In the history lesson, the teacher tells that the Emperor Maximilian (formerly the Archduke Maximilian of Austria) was the son of an Emperor and an Empress and had a brother who became Emperor. Although the latter is true (the Emperor Francis Joseph I), their parents were mere Archduke Francis and Archduchess Sophia of Austria (born Princess of Bavaria). See more »


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Music by Ernesto Lecuona
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The Shield of Love
25 August 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Brave One was beautifully crafted in 1957 by blacklisted author Robert Rich and immediately established itself as a superb classic. The tale is of a small Mexican boy and his enduring love for his courageous pet bull. Set in Mexico, a boy discovers a cow has been killed after delivering and orphaning a male offspring. Naming the calf Gitano, The boy become it's friend and caretaker. Realizing the boy's loneliness, the parents encourage the bond, but fail to emphasis the eventual fate of the animal. Throughout the Calf's life the boy's love inexorably growing unaware of his parent's financial responsibility to the bull's true owner. By the time the animal has grown to market size and becomes a cash commodity, the boy's parents are torn between their son's love and their duty to the Patrone. Using subterfuge, the parents separate the two. Returning from a fool's errand, the boy discovers his best friend and lifetime companion has been sold for the purpose of bull fighting and its eventual destruction. Despite the frantic warnings of his parents that it's too late to save the animal, the small boy adroitly played by Michel Rey, sets off to save his courageous friend from certain death. The boy visits everyone from the Patrone to the Governnor of Mexico in a vain attempt to alter the fate of his pet. The film culminates with the boy's magnificent bravery before an arena filled with spectators. True love for any animal has never had a more poignant test of love and courage. For any viewer with a human heart, this tear-wrenching film will leave you joyfully weeping. ****

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