In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (they often stretching the truth to gain the favor of a variety of strangers to help them), arguments between the two in their frequent isolation solely with each other, their raging libidos which sometimes get ... Written by
There are two scenes that were improvised during the filming process.
The scene when Ernesto and Alberto are riding in the snow was not in the screen play. When the crew arrived to the filming location they faced with extraordinary weather conditions. However it was their day off they decided to go to the mountains and shoot this scene.
The scene in Cusco was filmed because the little "tour guide" boy asked the film crew if he can show them the city. They said yes and brought the camera as well. This is the way how they found the women with whom Ernesto and Alberto is talking in the Cusco scene. See more »
At the end of the movie, when Che is at the airport, a yellow GMC pickup drives by. The pickup has a 1-piece windshield, which GMC introduced after 1952. See more »
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna:
What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.
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The closing credits are overlaid on original photos from the real journey of Alberto and Ernesto. See more »
The Motorcycle Diaries is a tale of Che's life prior to becoming a revolutionary political figure. We follow Che and his friend on a cross-country road trip, a journey into the unknown. The film was beautifully filmed. It really makes you want to travel and go to see some of the South/Central American countries.
The acting was superb. Gael Garcia Bernal is not new to the screen. He has delivered amazing performances in both Amores Perros and Y Tu Mama Tambien. He does not disappoint in this movie. Newcomer, Rodrigo De La Serna, also gives an excellent performance.
Regardless of your politics and personal views of Che, you will walk away from this movie feeling a bit better about humanity.
I'm hoping this pulls Best Foreign Oscar.
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