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Zapata - El sueño del héroe (2004)

A look at the life of Mexican Revolution Hero Emiliano Zapata.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Fernández ...
Emiliano Zapata
Victoriano Huerta
Eufemio Zapata
Soledad Ruiz ...
Juana Lucia
Arturo Beristáin ...
Alberto Estrella ...
José Luis Cruz
Ángeles Cruz
Evangelina Sosa ...
Mesera 1
Mesera 2
Blanca Tenario ...
Mesera 3


A look at the life of Mexican Revolution Hero Emiliano Zapata.

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Release Date:

30 April 2004 (Mexico)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

MXN 14,000,000 (Mexico), 30 April 2004
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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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A painful shame
4 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Being totally sincere I spected this movie to be not good, but never thought it was possible to be as terribly bad as it is.

Based (Is it?) on the life of Mexican hero Emiliano Zapata, the screenplay is a mess. This historic character was maybe the Revolution hero with more social impact, maybe also the only one with true ideals, and actions. But you can see nothing about this in this movie, Instead of that the movie uses all the time to say just that he was the "chosen one" never even trying to figure why. Too much has been said about the inclusion of the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez in the main role, and blaming him of all the weakness in the character. I think that this conception is really wrong, cause being not an actor Mr. Fernandez took the responsibility of his character, and studied acting, and Nahuatl (Being the only one who seems fluent in his speaking) and made a big effort that made a good shape for the hero, but even the best actor in the world would be incompetent to fill a character that in this story and screenplay, haves nothing in its soul.

The photography by renowned photographer Vittorio Storaro is really beautiful, but ruined by the editing and shameful visual effects. The Set design and costumes are great. The musical score is a full mess, and the main love theme is a perfect copy of: Don't cry for me Argentina.

Meaning all this I have said that the movie haves a lot of good effort by cast and crew, but being the leadership by Arau an empty mess, with not a hint of creativity, all this effort is a complete waste and a shame of movie.

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