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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

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 ...
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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)
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Raúl Martínez ...
Heavyset Lieutenant (as Raul Martinez)
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Storyline

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 <aburner@erols.com>

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

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17 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mark of Zorro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£889,829 (UK) (11 December 1998)

Gross:

£6,453,319 (UK) (5 February 1999)
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Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed with J-D-C anamorphic lenses, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

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As Zorro is swinging on a tree branch just before kicking Captain Love, the parallel bars used for the tree limbs are clearly visible. See more »

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Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Produced by Jim Steinman
Performed by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena
Tina Arena appears courtesy of Sony Music (Australia)
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Entertaining
11 April 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

At the conclusion of The Mask of Zorro I heard something I haven't heard in a cinema for a long, long time – an outbreak of spontaneous applause. It happened because the audience felt so good at the conclusion of the film that they wanted to show their appreciation, to share with others the goodwill which this little slice of magic had brought into their lives. To a jaded movie-goer like myself, it was music to the ears.

This is a simple film, telling a simple story about justice conquering oppression and the power of all that is good in the world to put all that is evil to the sword. Anchored by three great performances from Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and the luscious Catherine Zeta-Jones, it's a never-ending parade of derring-do which brings to mind the likes of The Crimson Pirate, the kind of film your parents tell you they just don't make anymore. It's played for laughs all the way down the line, but it's not a farce – the humour is gentle, the characters inhabiting a world which we know never existed but which damn well should have, a world where swordfights and horse chases and romantic love are the order of the day. I watched this film in an enraptured stupor, and for a short time I was twelve years old again, thrilling to the larger than life exploits of pirates, musketeers and the sons of Hercules.

Okay, so it isn't going to win any awards for depth of character, and you aren't going to be discussing the finer details of the plot over a bowl of gazpacho when it's over. But in an age when meanspirited movies seem to be becoming more and more common, it's a pure delight to come across something so untainted.

It's the sound of two hands clapping, folks. Miss it at your peril.


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