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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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2.35 : 1
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Production stalled for four days when Martin Campbell was hospitalized for bronchitis. See more »


Immediately following Alejandro and Elena's passionate kiss in the final scene of the film we hear their baby begin to cry as Elena goes over to comfort him. However you can briefly see as Elena moves out of the way that the baby is not crying at all. See more »


Don Diego de la Vega: You cannot imagine, Rafael, how I have dreamed of this moment, night and day, twenty long years.
Don Rafael Montero: Really? I haven't given you a second thought.
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The Best "Zorro" Ever Produced.
4 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Strikingly entertaining and first-rate in most all cinematic categories, "The Mask of Zorro" is a smart action film that works due to a convincing titled character (Antonio Banderas), the almost unreal beauty of Catherine Zeta-Jones and the professionalism of Anthony Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins starts out as Zorro, but is caught by the evil Stuart Wilson shortly after a wild rescue of three men in the village. Wilson leaves the country and takes Hopkins' baby daughter with him. Fast-forward 20 years and Hopkins has escaped and he begins to teach Banderas (also seeking revenge after the murder of his brother) the way to be a fighter for truth and justice. The baby has grown up to become Zeta-Jones and thinks that she is really Wilson's daughter. A great film that works well due to an adequate screenplay, good characterization and solid direction. A near-perfect success. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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