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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
"Diarios de motocicleta" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  15 October 2004 (USA)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Morán ...
Celia de la Serna (Argentina)
Jean Pierre Noher ...
Ernesto Guevara Lynch (Argentina) (as Jean-Pierre Noher)
Lucas Oro ...
Roberto Guevara (Argentina)
Marina Glezer ...
Celita Guevara (Argentina)
Sofia Bertolotto ...
Ana María Guevara (Argentina) (as Sofía Bertolotto)
Franco Solazzi ...
Juan Martín Guevara (Argentina)
Ricardo Díaz Mourelle ...
Uncle Jorge (Argentina) (as Ricardo Diaz Mourelle)
Sergio Boris ...
Young Traveler (Argentina)
Daniel Kargieman ...
Young Traveler (Argentina)
Diego Giorzi ...
Rodolfo (Argentina)
Facundo Espinosa ...
Tomás Granado (Argentina)
Matias Gomez ...
Kid (Argentina) (as Matías Gómez)


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 Huggo

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Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Motorcycle Diaries  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$375,461 (Brazil) (7 May 2004)


$16,756,372 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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Did You Know?


Gustavo Santaolalla wrote the music based on the screenplay (only), Salles did not show him the scenes. 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 »


Leper from San Pablo: Why did you want to be a doctor?
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: I wanted to be useful, somehow.
Leper from San Pablo: You're wasting your time.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: Why?
Leper from San Pablo: Life is pain.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are overlaid on original photos from the real journey of Alberto and Ernesto. See more »


Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »


Mala Junta
Written by Julio Caro, Pedro Blanco Laurenz, Juan Miguel Velich
Interpreted by Oscar de Elia
Editorial Warner - Chappell Music Argentina (SADAIC)
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Great acting, direction and story - Oscar worthy
8 December 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on the true story that took Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) on a road trip all across and along South America in the 1950's. The script/direction elegantly avoids any politics or similar. Its focus is on the human transformation of two young Argentine professionals, a turning point in their lives, who decide to see their continent with their own eyes. This movie only covers Che Guevara's life BEFORE he became the famous Che Guevara. Most of us would agree with Che's goals but less, I guess, would agree with his means. However, the movie concentrates on how the world changed Ernesto which in turn led him to try to change the world. The movie ends at the end of their road trip. I understand that there is another movie in the making (with Benicio del Toro) which will show the rest of Che' s life, with politics and flying bullets included. The acting of the movie is first class: Gael Garcia Bernal performs at his best; however it is Rodrigo de la Serna's performance the one that is simply outstanding; not only he represents Granado's as a funny, outgoing character, but he also highlights Gael's characterization of Guevara. Great photography, humor, action, and drama are all ingredients of this movie. If you want to watch a movie that deals with reality and that contrasts with Hollywood's fantasies, this is your movie. You'll laugh, may be cry, but for sure you'll leave the theater thinking about a few things. Finally, this movie ironically represents Che's ultimate goal, a unified continent: the director is Brazilian, the main actor Mexican, the main actress and supporting actor Argentinean, the script writer is from Puerto Rico and the producer, Robert Redford is American. And, the movie was filmed in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Length: 2hs 04 min.

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