Evita (1996)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  10 January 1997 (USA)
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The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Sus ...
Julian Littman ...
Laura Pallas ...
Elisa Duarte
Julia Worsley ...
María Luján Hidalgo ...
Young Eva (as Maria Lujan Hidalgo)
Servando Villamil ...
Cipriano Reyes
Perón's Mistress
Domingo Mercante
Gary Brooker ...
Juan Bramuglia
Maite Yerro ...
Julieta (as Mayte Yerro)


High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. Written by O.G.

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The Most Anticipated Motion Picture Event of The Year

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, images of violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Евита  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 2,273,873,000 (Italy) (27 December 1996)


$49,994,804 (USA) (25 April 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Patti LuPone (who originally played Evita on Broadway) has never seen the film, she did admit in an interview that she heard part of the soundtrack. She expressed disappointment with the fact that many of the songs' keys had been changed, thereby altering their emotional effectiveness. See more »


The cup in the church when Evita faints falls to the ground, yet it spills no wine. See more »


Eva Perón: Perón has resigned from the army, and this we avow - the Descamisados are those he is marching with now. He supports you for he loves you, understands you, is one of you! If not... how could he love me?
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Referenced in Baghead (2008) See more »


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Superb realization of the Broadway musical
14 August 1998 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This was a simply stupendous movie. The visuals and costumes were stunning, the new realization of the musical score excellent. Madonna deserves more credit than she has gotten for this. Although her voice is perhaps a bit thin for the role, she really stretched herself for this, and did a fine job. Banderas was simply fantastic. Most of the naysayers (and there are many), clearly don't care for Weber, or for musicals in general. Of course it isn't "deep", it's a musical! The question is how well was the original play transformed to the screen, and I would be hard pressed to imagine anything more successful than this.

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