Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.
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
Legend has it that Martin Campbell didn't want to use Zorro's famous bull-whip in any sequence in the film, however Anthony Hopkins felt the whip was an important part of Zorro's equipment. So Hopkins practised daily and learned to manipulate the whip and persuaded Campbell to film certain tricks with the whip (e.g. After Alejandro steals the black stallion, Vega is seen whipping out candle flames) See more »
At the party, Captain Love is wearing officer's epaulets, but is wearing a senior officer's (double breasted) uniform. The double breasted uniform was used only by those of the rank of major and above. See more »
Wonderful movie, visually rich and a nice blend of comedy, action and romance, well-written. Hopkins is great; so is Banderas as Zorro-in-training, and Zeta-Jones sparkles in her scenes with him. Very little gore or skin, what there is serves the plot instead of BEING the plot. The best movie I've seen in a long time. Note: previews make it look a lot less interesting than it actually is--you just see a lot of things being slashed and blown up, while the comic scenes between Hopkins and Banderas don't really appear (the best part of the film).
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