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The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  17 July 1998 (USA)
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A young thief, seeking revenge over the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who is also seeking a vengeance of his own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
José María de Tavira ...
Young Alejandro Murrieta (as Jose Maria de Tavira)
Diego Sieres ...
Emiliano Guerra ...
Yolanda Orisaga ...
Woman Crying (as Yolanda Orizaga)
Paco Morayta ...
William Marquez ...
Pedro Altamirano ...
Luisa Huertas ...
María Fernández Cruz ...
Baby Elena de la Vega (as Maria Fernandez Cruz)
Mónica Fernández Cruz ...
Baby Elena de la Vega (as Monica Fernandez Cruz)


The original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, is captured and imprisoned just as Spain concedes California to Santa Anna. 20 years go by and his mortal enemy, Don Rafael Montero, returns to California with a plan to become wealthy at the expense of the peasants. The original Zorro escapes from prison and trains a new Zorro to take his place. Much swashbuckling and derring-do ensues. Written by Afterburner <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mark of Zorro  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,525,855 (USA) (17 July 1998)


£6,453,319 (UK) (5 February 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catherine Zeta-Jones was cast at the suggestion of Steven Spielberg who had enjoyed her work in the Titanic (1996) mini-series. See more »


After Zorro undresses Elena with his sword, she covers her breasts with his hat. When he snatches his hat away from her, the hand in the close up is not wearing a glove, even though Zorro was wearing gloves throughout the entire sequence. See more »


Elena: [in a confessional, Alejandro posing as a priest] I have broken the fourth commandment, padre.
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Elena: No, that is not the fourth commandment.
Alejandro Murrieta: [pause] Of course not. Tell me, in what way did you break the most sacred of commandments.
Elena: I dishonored my father.
Alejandro Murrieta: That is not so bad. Maybe your father deserved it.
Elena: What?
Alejandro Murrieta: I said tell me more, my child.
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Fun, Old-Fashioned Adventure
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had just a couple of things I would have changed but the overwhelming minutes of this 137-minute movie were well done: a nice old- fashioned adventure story.

Yes, it's hokey in spots, there is a needless irreverent scene in the confessional and the final action scene goes on too long, but all of that is almost standard fare in today's films. Anyway, the "good" in this film far outweighs the "bad."

Some of the "good" is beautiful cinematography featuring bold colors; good action scenes; very little profanity; interesting and somewhat likable lead characters (played by Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Bandaras and Catherine Zeta- Jones), a fun story and very good 5.1surround sound.

Zeta-Jones was a brand new "face" with this movie and she's never looked better. Hopkins, as usual, is the best character as the older "Zorro" who teaches the young one (Bandaras). Some of the action scenes are almost cartoon-like in credibility (Bandaras doing flips while riding two horses at once!) but they are fun.

The story is a familiar one that seems to always satisfy people: revenge.

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