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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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Cast

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Demian Bichir ... Fidel Castro

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)
Antonio Pardo ... Ranger Boliviano (uncredited)

Jason Rivera ... Un delegate (uncredited)

Naeem Uzimann ... Indian Diplomat (uncredited)

Steven Weisz ... News Cameraman (uncredited)
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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
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
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
Belén López Puigcerver .... key hair stylist
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
Gerardo Guerra .... unit production manager
Robin Le Chanu .... production manager
Toni Novella .... production manager
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant production manager
Javier Ugarte .... post-production supervisor
 
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 .... key second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master: New York
Carlos 'Carly' Antunez .... set dresser
Eddie Antunez .... set dresser
Paulo Aranda .... props: Bolivia
Ivan Bejarano .... props
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
Derrick Kardos .... additional graphic designer: props
Laura Laviña .... assistant property master
César Morón .... art coordinator
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator: Spain
Laura Musso .... set decorating department assistant
Laura Musso .... set decorator assistant
Angela Nahum .... assistant decorator
Michael Panevics .... armourer
Andrew Petrotta .... property master
Amparo Piñeiro .... art department assistant
Mark Pollard .... graphic artist: New York
Iñaki Rubio .... key props buyer
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 .... sound mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Mike Chock .... sound editor
José Luis Fernández .... boom operator
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
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
Iñaki Sanchez-Elvira .... foley editor (as Ignacio Sanchez-Elvira)
Xavier López Souto .... dialogue editor (as Xavier Souto)
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)
Guiomar Alonso .... stunts
Antonio Arnalte .... stunts
Jordi Casares .... stunt coordinator
John Cenatiempo .... utility stunts
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Álvaro Hernández Arriero .... stunt performer
Marcos Lorente .... stunt performer
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
Roxanna Santiago .... camera intern
Miguel Ángel Viñas .... camera intern
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
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
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
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
David Lopez Arias .... assistant: location manager
Sonya Lunsford .... production controller
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
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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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 »
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Soundtrack:
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Was this film actually shot in Bolivia?
Why is the frame width in this film 1.85:1 when Part 1 was 2.35:1?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Refined, Seminally Important Biopic With An Unprecedentedly Discriminate and Disciplined Approach, 4 October 2009
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Possibly the most brilliant thing about Che: Part Two, as we begin to integrate it with Part One in our minds, is that there is no clarification of why Che chose to confidentially abscond from Cuba after the revolution, no allusion to his experience in the Congo, no clarification of why he chose Bolivia as his subsequent setting for a coup d'etat, no allusion to the political decisions he made as a young man motorcycling across South America, which Walter Salles has given prominent familiarity. Extraordinary focus is given to Che meeting the volunteers who accompany his guerrilla factions. Yet hardly any endeavor is made to single them out as individuals, to establish involved relationships. He is reasonably unreasonable. Che drives an unbreakable doctrine to leave no wounded man behind. But there is no feeling that he is deeply directly concerned with his men. It is the concept.

In Part 1, in Cuba, the rebels are welcomed by the people of the villages, given food and cover, supported in what grows to be a victorious revolution. Here, in Bolivia, not much understanding is apparent. Villagers expose him. They protect government troops, not his own. When he expounds on the onesidedness of the government medical system, his audience appears uninterested. You cannot lead a people into revolution if they do not want to comply. Soderbergh shows U.S. military advisers working with the Bolivians, but doesn't fault the United States for Che's collapse. Che seems to have just misfigured his fight and the place where he wanted to have it.

In showcasing both wars, Soderbergh doesn't build his battle scenes as actions with specific results. Che's men attack and are attacked. They exchange fire with faraway assailants. There is generally a cut to the group in the aftershock of combat, its death toll not paused for. This is not a war movie. It is about one man's reasonably unreasonable drive to endure. There is no elaborate cinematography. Soderbergh looks firmly at Che's inflexible dedication. There are remarkable sporadic visceral shots, but being few they are all the more powerful, such as Che's POV shot during his final beats. There is an abundance of the terrain, where these men live for weeks at a time, and the all-consuming effect is of languor, Guevara himself having malaria part of the time.

Benicio Del Toro, one of the film's producers, gives a champion's performance, not least because it's modest. He isn't portrayed as the cutting edge like most epic heroes. In Cuba, he arises in conquest, in Bolivia, he falls to the reverse, and occasionally is actually difficult to distinguish behind a tangle of beard and hair. Del Toro illustrates not so much an identity as an attitude. You may think the film is too long. I think there's a genuine cause for its breadth. Guevara's affairs in Cuba and particularly Bolivia was not a sequence of episodes and sketches, but an undertaking of staying power that might virtually be called insane. In the end, Che as a whole or in parts is a commercially ballsy movie, one where its director begins by understanding the limits innate in cinematic biography and working progressively within those means.

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