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Che: Part Two -- In this tale of sacrifice and idealism, Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro), following his successes in Cuba, travels to Bolivia to jumpstart an offshoot of the Revolution.
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In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Guerrilla struggles that work, and don't See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Demián Bichir ... Fidel Castro (as Demian Bichir)

Rodrigo Santoro ... Raúl Castro

Benicio Del Toro ... Ernesto Che Guevara

Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Aleida March
María D. Sosa ... Aleidita
Raúl Beltrán ... Bolivian Customs Agent #1
Raúl 'Pitín' Gómez ... Bolivian Customs Agent #2
Paty M. Bellott ... Woman at Airport
Othello Rensoli ... Pombo (Harry Villegas Tamayo)

Franka Potente ... Tania (Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider)

Norman Santiago ... Tuma (Carlos Coello)

Joaquim de Almeida ... President René Barrientos
Pablo Durán ... Pacho (Alberto Fernández Montes de Oca)
Ezequiel Díaz ... Loro (Jorge Vázquez Viaña)
Juan Salinas ... Polo (Apolinar Aquino Quispe)
Luis Muñoz ... Serapio Aquino Tudela
Lorenzo Ariel Muñoz ... Camba (Orlando Jiménez Baznán)
Antonio Peredo ... Coco (Roberto Peredo Liegue)
Aarón Vega ... Ricardo (José María Martínez Tamayo)
Giraldo Moisés ... Braulio (Israel Reyes Zayas)
Jorge Perugorría ... Joaquin (Juan Vitalo 'Vilo' Acuña)
Néstor Rodulfo ... Miguel (Manuel Hernández Osorio)
Kahlil Mendez ... Urbano (Leonardo Tamayo Núñez) (as Kahlil Méndez)

Rubén Ochandiano ... Rolando (Eliseo Reyes Rodriguez)
Cristian Mercado ... Inti (Guido Peredo Liegue)
Roberto Guilhon ... Ernesto (Freddie Maymura Hurtado) (as Roberto Guilhón)

Carlos Acosta-Milian ... Antonio Domínguez Flores (as Carlos Acosta)
Edgardo Rodríguez ... Arturo (René Martínez Tamayo)

Armando Riesco ... Benigno (Dariel Alarcón Ramirez)
José Juan Rodríguez ... Moro (Octavio de la Concepción y de la Pedraja)
Daniel Larrazábal ... Ñato (Julio Luis Méndez Korne)
Wilder Salinas ... Julio
Jimmy A. Céspedes ... Eustaquio (Lucio Edilberto Galván Hidalgo)
Eitán Vázquez ... Salustio Choque Choque
Óscar Avilés ... Pedro (Antonio Jiménez Tardio)
Rubén Salinas ... Paco (José Castillo Chávez)
Daniel Aguirre ... Aniceto Reinaga
Miguel Villarroel ... Carlos
Diego Ortiz ... Willy (Simón Cuba Saravia)
Jorge Arturo Lora ... Chapaco (Jaime Arana Campero)

Lou Diamond Phillips ... Mario Monje

Marisé Alvarez ... Vilma Espín

Marc-André Grondin ... Régis Debray

Carlos Bardem ... Moisés Guevara
Eduardo Espinosa ... El Vallegrandino

Eduard Fernández ... Ciro Algarañaz

Antonio de la Torre ... Lieutenant Carlos Fernández
Marco Antonio ... Plainclothes Policeman

Luis Bredow ... Honorato Rojas
María Cristina Calá ... Honorato's Wife
Edison Narváez ... Pablito (Francisco Huanca)

Óscar Jaenada ... Darío (David Ardiazola)
Bart Santana ... Daniel (Pastor Barrera Quintana)
Raúl Núñez ... Eusebio Tapia Arune
Jesús Carrillo ... Vicente Roeabado Terrazas

Gastón Pauls ... Ciro Bustos
José Julio Park ... Chino (Juan Pablo Chang)

Juan Carlos Vellido ... Major Hernán Plata
Raúl Arévalo ... Captured Soldier #1
Daniel Holguín ... Captured Soldier #2
Sergio Deustua ... Captured Soldier #3

Yul Vazquez ... Alejandro Ramírez
Tom Minder ... American #1
Andrew Petrotta ... American #2 (as Drew Petrotta)
Frederic W. Brost ... American #3
Geischglin Rojas ... Padilla

Jordi Mollà ... Captain Mario Vargas
Stephen Casmier ... Captain Mitchell

James D. Dever ... Major Ralph 'Pappy' Shelton (as Jim Dever)
Roberto San Martín ... Captain Gary Prado
Mark Umbers ... George Roth

Luis Callejo ... Bolivian Interrogator

Matt Damon ... Fr. Schwartz
Eduard Sanjines ... Reporter #1
Diego Salazar ... Reporter #2
René Aragón ... Reporter #3

Pedro Casablanc ... Colonel Joaquín Zenteno
Tomás del Estal ... General Alfredo Ovando Candía
David Zambrana ... Chingolo
Flavio Morales ... Soldier Playing Possum
José María Piñeda ... Hiding Soldier
Mónica Montoya ... Store Owner
Saúl Avila ... Coca Vendor
Miguel Antelo ... Prado's Radio Operator
David Selvas ... Lieutenant Colonel Andrés Selich
Jesús Carroza ... Eduardo
César Salgado ... Guard at Door
Martín Bello ... Bolivian Soldier
Vismark Tito Rojas ... Lieutenant Eduardo Huerta

Enrique Arce ... Lieutenant Carlos Pérez
Christian Esquivel ... Sergeant Mario Terán (as Cristhian Esquivel)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Amodeo ... U.N. Police Officer (uncredited)

Benjamín Benítez ... Rudolfo (uncredited)
Mariu Bárcena ... Embassy Girl (uncredited)
Antonio Pardo ... Ranger Boliviano (uncredited)

Jason Rivera ... Un delegate (uncredited)

Uzimann ... Indian Diplomat (uncredited)
Steven Weisz ... News Cameraman (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Buchman (screenplay) and
Benjamin A. van der Veen (screenplay)

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (Bolivian Diary)

Produced by
Belén Atienza .... executive producer
Álvaro Augustín .... executive producer
Pilar Benito .... associate producer
Laura Bickford .... producer
Larry Blake .... post producer
Frederic W. Brost .... executive producer
Brahim Chioua .... executive producer
Benicio Del Toro .... producer
Philip Elway .... executive producer
Gerardo Guerra .... line producer: Bolivia (as Gerardo Guerra Velasco)
Gregory Jacobs .... executive producer
Álvaro Longoria .... executive producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Naiara Martínez de Marigorta .... post producer: Telecinco Cinema
Silvana Paternostro .... associate producer
Cristina Zumárraga .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Peter Andrews)
 
Film Editing by
Pablo Zumárraga 
 
Casting by
Rodrigo Bellott 
J.C. Cantu 
Carla Hool 
Suzanne Smith 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Antxón Gómez 
Philip Messina 
 
Art Direction by
Juan Pedro De Gaspar 
 
Set Decoration by
Pilar Revuelta 
 
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
 
Makeup Department
Marcelo Antezana .... assistant makeup artist: Bolivia
Leni Ballon .... assistant makeup artist: Bolivia (as Leni Ballón)
Chicha Blanco .... makeup artist
Leonor Cartagena .... assistant hair stylist: Bolivia
Jorge De La Reza .... assistant hair stylist: Bolivia
Óscar del Monte .... special makeup effects supervisor (as Oscar del Monte)
Nacho Díaz .... special makeup effects supervisor
Silvia Grande .... hair stylist
Ana López-Puigcerver .... key makeup artist (as Ana López Puigcerver)
Belén López-Puigcerver .... key hair stylist (as Belén López Puigcerver)
Carolina Madera .... makeup artist
Francisco Martínez .... hair stylist
Kantay Melgarejo .... assistant makeup artist: Bolivia
Irene Navarro .... hair stylist
Gema Peña Garro .... makeup artist (as Gema Peña)
Sergio Pérez .... hair stylist
Irene Rodríguez .... makeup artist
Maria José Rodríguez .... assistant hair stylist: Bolivia
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair stylist: Mr. Del Toror (as Gail Ryan)
Martín Sanabria .... makeup artist (as Martín Sanabría)
Alicia Teruel .... assistant hair stylist
Sonia Teruel .... hair stylist
Ana Urosa .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marian Briozzo .... post-production supervisor
Paola Gosalvez .... unit production manager: Bolivia (as Paola Gosálvez Saravia)
Gerardo Guerra .... unit production manager
Robin Le Chanu .... unit production manager
Elena Manrique .... film production manager: Telecinco Cinema
Toni Novella .... unit production manager
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant production manager
Javier Ugarte .... post-production supervisor: Telecinco Cinema
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Downs .... second second assistant director
Marcos González Palma .... dga trainee: Puerto Rico/Mexico
Carlos Gras .... second assistant director
Yvette Gurza .... second assistant director: Bolivia
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Brian Kenyon .... additional second assistant director: New York
Amy Lauritsen .... second assistant director
Pedro Lazaga .... first assistant director
Jorge Arturo Lora .... additional assistant director: Bolivia
Luisfer Machi .... third assistant director
Lynne Martin .... additional second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director: New York
Tomás Silberman .... trainee assistant director
John Silvestri .... second second assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master: New York
Jorge Altamirano .... set decorator: Bolivia
Carlos 'Carly' Antunez .... set dresser
Eddie Antunez .... set dresser
Paulo Aranda .... props: Bolivia
Ivan Bejarano .... prop painter
Elena Calvo .... props assistant
Gary Cergol .... art department coordinator
Rick Chavez .... assistant property master
Abariss Culjak .... set dresser
Boris Fernández .... set dressing/props production assistant
Eloy Gazol .... graphic props: Spain
Esther Gili .... set designer
Derrick Kardos .... additional graphic designer: props
Laura Laviña .... assistant property master
Cristabelle Mora .... painter
César Morón .... assistant art director: Bolivia
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator: Spain
Laura Musso .... set decorating department assistant
Laura Musso .... set decorator assistant
Angela Nahum .... assistant decorator
María Clara Notari .... assistant production designer (as Clara Notari)
Michael Panevics .... armourer
Andrew Petrotta .... property master
Amparo Piñeiro .... art department assistant
Amparo Piñeiro .... set designer (as Amparo Piñeiro Vázquez)
Mark Pollard .... graphic artist: New York
Iñaki Rubio .... props buyer
Adrián San José .... set designer
Pablo Seoane .... set dresser
Rodney Sterbenz .... on-set dresser: New York
Richard Tenewitz .... construction coordinator: New York
Serapio Tola .... set dresser
Oscar Troitiño .... stand-by painter
Richard Tenewitz .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer
Aitor Berenguer .... production sound mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Mike Chock .... sound editor
Manuel Corrales .... foley artist (as Manolo Corrales)
Coque Fernández Lahera .... boom operator (as José Luis Fernández)
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
Gabriel Gutiérrez .... supervising sound editor
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
Hugo Jeffreys .... adr recordist
John Kessler .... foley artist
John Kessler .... foley editor
Craig Kyllonen .... ADR recordist
Lucía Loiseau .... assistant sound editor
Mario López .... adr mixer
Mario López .... foley mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor (as Mark Mangini)
Mark A. Mangini .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Mangini)
Diego Martinez Rodriguez .... dialogue editor (as Diego Martinez)
Antonio Mejías .... boom operator
Marc Orts .... dialogue mixer
Marc Orts .... dialogue pre-mixer
Marc Orts .... sound
Sam Perry .... boom operator: New York
Lisa Puerto .... production assistant
Jesús Javier Saiz .... adr mixer
Jesús Javier Saiz .... foley mixer
Iñaki Sanchez-Elvira .... foley editor (as Ignacio Sanchez-Elvira)
Xavier Souto .... dialogue editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Billy Theriot .... assistant sound editor
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer: New York
Bernarda Villagomez .... sound effects recordist
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility: New York
Matt Coby .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects coordinator
César Abades .... special effects technician
Reyes Abades .... special effects supervisor
Óscar Abades .... special effects technician
Ángel Alonso .... special effects technician
Conor Coughlan .... special effects
Werner Hahnlein .... special effects foreman
Kevin Hannigan .... special effects supervisor
Jonn Herzberger .... special effects technician
Juan Ramón Molina .... special effects technician
David A. Poole .... special effects lead foreman (as David Poole)
Daniel Reboul .... special effects technician
José Manuel Rodrigo .... special effects technician
Tomás Urbán .... special effects technician
Mario Vanillo .... special effects foreman
Joaquín Vergara .... special effects technician
Chris L. Ward .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Ignacio Luis de Redin .... 3D artist
Aníbal del Busto .... digital compositor
Eduardo Díaz .... digital compositor
Sergio Garcia Abad .... computer graphics supervisor (as Sergio Garcia)
Úrsula García .... visual effects producer
Ñaña González .... senior compositor
Pablo Hernández-Meléndez .... senior 3D artist
Inma Nadela .... senior compositor
Guillermo Orbe .... compositing supervisor
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Ramón Ramos .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Rubén Sanz .... visual effects line producer
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor
Daniel Trujillo .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Olga Alcázar Garrote .... stunt (as Olga Alcazar)
Guiomar Alonso .... stunts
Antonio Arnalte .... stunts
Jordi Casares .... stunt coordinator
John Cenatiempo .... utility stunts
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Álvaro Hernández Arriero .... stunt performer
Ramón Jiménez .... stunt performer
Marcos Lorente .... stunt performer
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Fernando Millán .... stunts
Eric Miranda .... stunts
Raquel Molinary .... stunts
Eduardo Moratilla .... stunt performer
Kai Nuuhiwa .... stunt double: Benicio del Toro
Claudio Pacifico .... stunt performer
Antonio Pardo .... stunts
Ricardo Rocca .... stunts
César Solar .... stunts
Cuco Usín .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer: New York
Gregg de Domenico .... second assistant camera: New York City
Sergio Delgado .... first assistant camera
Álvaro García .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ángel Gómez Alcoholado .... key grip
Álvaro Gómez .... grip
Teresa Isasi .... still photographer
Gary Jay .... camera operator
Rodrigo López .... second assistant camera: b camera
Jose Martín Rosete .... video assist
Adam Miller .... second assistant camera: New York
Juan Pablo Ojeda .... assistant camera
Eduardo Rovira .... second assistant camera: second unit
Roxanna Santiago .... camera intern
Yvette Paz Soldán .... unit gaffer
Miguel Angel Viñas .... camera intern (as Miguel Ángel Viñas)
Carlos Zayas .... epk videographer
 
Casting Department
Patricia Alonso .... casting director: Puerto Rico
Beatriz Bartolomé .... casting assistant
Sophia M. Costas .... extras casting: New York
Vivi Cuenca .... casting assistant: Spain
Genaro Hernandez .... casting assistant
Venus Kanani .... casting associate
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Mamen Moya .... crowd casting director
Pilar Moya .... crowd casting director
Eliseo Ruiz .... casting assistant
Paul Schnee .... casting associate
Marny Smith .... casting assistant
Rodrigo Urbano .... casting associate
Francisco Veyro .... extras casting: Mexico
Ali Merhi .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adam Butera .... wardrobe assistant
Sara Cabrera .... wardrobe assistant
Regina Calvo .... costume assistant
Ana Cuerda .... assistant costume designer
James Deanes .... costumer
Charo Diego .... seamstress
Jill Graves Power .... set costumer: New York
Pilar Groux .... costume assistant
Barrett Hong .... costumer
Debbie Lucas .... seamstress
Noemí López .... costumer
Leticia Palomares .... aging artist assistant
Pepo Ruiz Dorado .... aging artist
Thomas M. Smalley .... additional wardrobe assistant: New York
 
Editorial Department
Matt Absher .... assistant editor
Corey Bayes .... assistant editor
Leigh Anne Bowles .... post-production coordinator
Jara Bustos .... editorial runner
Sam Daley .... dailies colorist: New York
Pascale Dillemann .... post production assistant
Yoya Fernández .... post-production assistant
Jimmy Fusil .... digital intermediate producer
Tansy Huws .... post-production assistant
Nat Jencks .... digital workflow
Nat Jencks .... first assistant editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate producer
David Kirchner .... associate editor
Virginia Llera .... assistant editor
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging supervisor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Kirsten Stoffa .... assistant editor
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Diego Balduque .... assistant music engineer
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Javier Casado .... additional music arranger
Javier Casado .... music programmer
David Cerrejón .... assistant to composer
David Cerrejón .... music librarian
Chris Clad .... violin
José Luis Crespo .... score recording & mixing
Fiona Cruickshank .... assistant music engineer
Ana Eusa .... music executive producer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Alberto Iglesias .... conductor
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer
Jorge Magaz .... additional music arranger
Jorge Magaz .... music programmer
Javier Martín .... music executive producer
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant orchestral contractor (as Charlotte Mathews)
Perry Montague Mason .... orchestra leader (as Perry Montague-Mason)
Joaquín Pizarro .... assistant music engineer
Raúl Quilez .... additional score recordist
Rafael Soler .... assistant music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Ramón Alonso .... assistant transportation manager
Jr. Noel Caba .... driver
Patricia de la Uz .... transportation coordinator
Ricardo Gallarzo Jr. .... transportation captain
Luis Gamazo .... transportation
Angel L. Lopez Garcia .... Steven Soderbergh driver
Shane Greedy .... transportation coordinator
Diego Leco .... driver
Fernando Lueches .... driver
Gonzalo Mendiburu .... driver
Manuel Paredes Murillo .... driver: cast
Raúl Orejón .... driver
Alfonso Paredes .... driver
Dave Williams .... wardrobe truck driver
 
Other crew
Jon Lee Anderson .... chief consultant
Mercedes Barbod .... assistant location manager
Jack Bavaro .... first assistant production accountant: New York
Julie Bernards .... payroll accountant
Rino Bonavita .... accountant
Leigh Anne Bowles .... assistant: Ms. Bickford
Karl Braun .... scout
Jessica Cabrera .... set production assistant
Mariarosa Calderon .... assistant accountant
Manuel Calvo .... production assistant
Aarón I. Campos .... set production assistant
Selena Carrillo .... production coordinator
Marisa Castelo .... Spanish legal advisor
Andrew Cavagnet .... production assistant
Juan Antonio Clemente .... location assistant
Daniel B. Cone .... set production assistant
Chic Daniel .... weapons consultant
Roberto De Jesus .... production assistant
Maite del Pozo .... assistant location manager
Lucía del Río .... payroll accountant
James D. Dever .... military technical advisor
Pascale Dillemann .... press and festival coordinator
Verónica Díaz .... production coordinator
Ryan Ferguson .... location assistant
David Fischer .... key production assistant
Jason Fritz .... location assistant
Evan Gabriele .... location assistant
Jose Ramon Gancedo .... assistant animal wrangler
Jan García .... business affairs
Heather Gauntt .... location assistant
Chris Gibson .... production assistant
Marta Gila .... production assistant
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach: post-production
Joe Guest .... assistant location manager
Pablo Guevara .... dialect coach: Mr. Del Toro
Ángel Gómez Fernández .... animal wrangler
Alberto Hebrero .... assistant animal wrangler
Marina Hernando .... production assistant (as Marina H. Molini)
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Jason Hinkel .... first assistant accountant
Joseph M. Horrigan .... consultant: athletic performance
Aaron Hurvitz .... location scout
Holly Kang .... assistant: Mr. Sodebergh
Christina D. King .... production secretary
Dan Knight .... epk director
Nicole Lederman .... production assistant (as Nicole Diane Lederman)
Mia Lee .... assistant production office coordinator
Linda Juliana Lemos .... production assistant
Antía León Castro .... production
Vania Loayza .... assistant: Ms. Bickford, Bolivia
Sonya Lunsford .... production controller
David López Arias .... assistant: location manager (as David Lopez Arias)
Elizabeth MacSwan .... set production assistant
Gabriela Maire .... location assistant
Beatriz Mayo .... controller
Yesika Mena .... production secretary: Spanish team
Tom Minder .... assistant military advisor
Kathryn Moïse .... assistant: Ms. Bickford
Nacho Nolla .... office production runner
Trilby Norton .... production coordinator: Spain
Jaime Ortiz de Artiñano .... business affairs
Sandra Ortiz Sánchez .... assistant: Ms. Bickford
Kevin Otero Speight .... assistant location manager (as Kevin Otero)
Greg Outcalt .... production coordinator: New York
Aldo Paternostro .... production assistant
Jill K. Perno .... set production assistant
J.P. Pettinato .... consultant to producers
Shieed Pittman .... location assistant
Andrew Poppoon .... unit location assistant
Alejandro de Quesada .... historical consultant
Gemma Rawsthorne .... production accountant
Terry Rigarlsford .... Security to Mr Damon
Patricio Romay .... location assistant
Félix Rosell .... location manager
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Enrique Salvador .... assistant animal wrangler
Mercedes Selgas .... assistant accountant
Alan Shaterian .... research consultant: Mr. Del Toro
Susan Silas .... location scout
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Zack Stoff .... research assistant
Christian Vendetti .... staff production assistant: New York
Nacha Zurinaga .... travel coordinator
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach (uncredited)
Giuseppe Ferlito .... personal assistant: Jordi Mollà (uncredited)
Pablo Goldbarg .... language consultant (uncredited)
María Guisado .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Cristóbal García .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Guerrilla" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (working title)
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Runtime:
135 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Lou Diamond Phillips, he did constant language drills with a vocal coach to learn his lines in Spanish. When he arrived on the set, the part was completely rewritten and he had to do more constant drills to learn his new lines.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Bolivian troops are about to ambush the guerrillas crossing the river, you can see the bullets in the belt have primers that have already been fired. The firing pin imprint on the cap is clearly visible.See more »
Quotes:
Ernesto Che Guevara:To survive here, to win... you have to live as if you've already died.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The First Beautiful Thing (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
BalderramaSee more »

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49 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Guerrilla struggles that work, and don't, 29 September 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Ironically the most talked-about American film in the 2008 New York Film Festival is 98% in Spanish. The extra-long film's controversy began at the Cannes Festival. There were love-hate notices, and considerable doubts about commercial prospects. As consolation the star, Benicio Del Toro, got the Best Actor award there. I'm talking about Steven Soderbergh's 'Che,' of course. That's the name it's going by in this version, shown in New York as at Cannes in two 2-hour-plus segments without opening title or end credits. 'Che' is certainly appropriate since Ernesto "Che" Guevara is in almost every scene. Del Toro is impressive, hanging in reliably through thick and thin, from days of glorious victory in part one to months of humiliating defeat in part two, appealing and simpatico in all his varied manifestations, even disguised as a bald graying man to sneak into Bolivia. It's a terrific performance; one wishes it had a better setting.

If you are patient enough to sit through the over four hours, with an intermission between the two sections, there are rewards. There's an authentic feel throughout--fortunately Soderbergh made the decision to film in Spanish (though some of the actors, oddly enough in the English segments especially, are wooden). You get a good outline of what guerrilla warfare, Che style, was like: the teaching, the recruitment of campesinos, the morality, the discipline, the hardship, and the fighting--as well as Che's gradual morphing from company doctor to full-fledged military leader. Use of a new 9-pound 35 mm-quality RED "digital high performance cine camera" that just became available in time for filming enabled DP Peter Andrews and his crew to produce images that are a bit cold, but at times still sing, and are always sharp and smooth.

The film is in two parts--Soderbergh is calling them two "films," and the plan is to release them commercially as such. First is 'The Argentine,' depicting Che's leadership in jungle and town fighting that led up to the fall of Havana in the late 50's, and the second is 'Guerrilla,' and concerns Che's failed effort nearly a decade later in Bolivia to spearhead a revolution, a fruitful mission that led to Guevara's capture and execution in 1967. The second part was to have been the original film and was written first and, I think, shot first. Producer Laura Bickford says that part two is more of a thriller, while part one is more of an action film with big battle scenes. Yes, but both parts have a lot in common--too much--since both spend a large part of their time following the guerrillas through rough country. Guerrilla an unmitigated downer since the Bolivian revolt was doomed from the start. The group of Cubans who tried to lead it didn't get a friendly reception from the Bolivian campesinos, who suspected foreigners, and thought of the Cuban communists as godless rapists. There is a third part, a kind of celebratory black and white interval made up of Che's speech at the United Nations in 1964 and interviews with him at that time, but that is inter-cut in the first segment. The first part also has Fidel and is considerably more upbeat, leading as it does to the victory in Santa Clara in 1959 that led to the fall of the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.

During 'Guerilla' I kept thinking how this could indeed work as a quality European-style miniseries, which might begin with a shortened version of Walter Salles's 'Motorcycle Diaries' and go on to take us to Guevara's fateful meeting with Fidel in Mexico and enlistment in the 26th of July Movement. There could be much more about his extensive travels and diplomatic missions. This is far from a complete picture of the man, his childhood interest in chess, his lifelong interest in poetry, the books he wrote; even his international fame is only touched on. And what about his harsh, cruel side? Really what Soderbergh is most interested in isn't Che, but revolution, and guerrilla warfare. The lasting impression that the 4+ hours leave is of slogging through woods and jungle with wounded and sick men and women and idealistic dedication to a the cause of ending the tyranny of the rich. Someone mentioned being reminded of Terrence Malick's 'The Tin Red Line,' and yes, the meandering, episodic battle approach is similar; but 'The Thin Red Line' has stronger characters (hardly anybody emerges forcefully besides Che), and it's a really good film. This is an impressive, but unfinished and ill-fated, effort.

This 8-years-gestating, heavily researched labor of love (how many more Ocean's must come to pay for it?) is a vanity project, too long for a regular theatrical release and too short for a miniseries. Radical editing--or major expansion--would have made it into something more successful, and as it is it's a long slog, especially in the second half.

It's clear that this slogging could have been trimmed down, though it's not so clear what form the resulting film would have taken--but with a little bit of luck it might have been quite a good one.

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