The Legend of Zorro
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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Legend of Zorro can be found here.

Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) again dons the mask of Zorro to prevent ruthless bandit Jacob McGivens (Nick Chinlund) from stealing the ballot box containing the peoples' votes that will determine whether or not California will be admitted to the Union as the 31st state. However, wife Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) realizes that Alejandro is not about to keep his promise to give up being 'the fox' , and shortly thereafter he is served with divorce papers. To add insult to injury, Alejandro learns that Elena is seeing wealthy French Count Armand de la Fere (Rufus Sewell), who just purchased Don Gallo's vineyard estate. Drunk out of his mind one night, Alejandro witnesses a mysterious explosion near Armand's vineyard, he begins to suspect that Armand is up to no good.

No. The Legend of Zorro is a sequel to The Mask of Zorro (1998) and is based on a story and screenplay by Mexican-American screenwriter Roberto Orci and American screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio. However, the character Zorro was created by American author Johnson McCulley in a short story, 'The Curse of Capistrano', first published in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly in 1919.

About nine years. The Mask of Zorro took place in 1841, the year that Spain handed over governance of California to Mexico. In The Legend of Zorro, California is being admitted to the United States, which took place in 1850.

What is the orbis unum?

Orbis unum, Latin for one world, is the logo for the Knights of Aragorn, a secret society much like the Knights Templar, that supposedly became very powerful in Europe following the Crusades. They fear that the Union, now comprised of 30 states and about to annex California as the 31st, is growing too powerful and threatens to overshadow Aragorn dominance of the world. As head of the secret society, Armand plans to use the southern states' growing rivalry with the northern states to destroy America.

One of the major ingredients in soap is glycerin. Glycerin is also one of the ingredients used to form nitroglycerin, a powerful explosive. Armand is importing soap, which he then manufactures into nitroglycerin and plans to distribute it to the southern states to use in an attack on Washington.

Yes. Nitroglycerin was first synthesized by an Italian chemist named Ascanio Sobrero in 1847, three years prior to the events in this movie.

Because it was the carrier pigeon she had been using to send messages to the Pinkertons. She now realized that her cover was blown.

How does the movie end?

Zorro's plan to blow up the train carrying the nitroglycerin is thwarted when Armand abducts him, Elena, and their son Joaquin (Adrian Alonso). After forcing Zorro to unmask in front of Joaquin, Armand takes Elena and Joaquin with him on the train, leaving Alejandro to be killed by McGivens. Suddenly Fr Felipe (Julio Oscar Mechoso) shows up (having survived a bullet to his heart, thanks to the crucifix around his neck), and he and Zorro take out Armand's henchmen. McGivens is trapped on a table, and a single drop of nitroglycerin falling on his forehead causes him to explode. Zorro and Toronado then race to catch up with the train, eventually leaping on top of it from a nearby mesa. Unfortunately, the train is about to pass through a tunnel, so Zorro and Toronado are forced to jump through the roof of a livestock car. Leaving Toronado in the car to munch on hay, Zorro seeks out Armand. As he and Armand clash swords in the sitting car, on the train roof, and on the locomotive, Elena and Joaquin run to the back of the train. Elena places Joaquin in the livestock car and detaches it from the train, giving Joaquin instructions to get away when the car stops. She runs back through the nitro car where she is confronted by Ferroq (Raúl Méndez). She finally defeats him by putting a bottle of nitro down his pants and pushing him off the train. He blows up, taking out Colonel Beauregard (Leo Burmester) and his soldiers, who were waiting along the tracks for the nitro delivery. Unfortunately, the explosion causes a track switch, and the train heads down the tracks where the governor is about to sign the bill making California a state. Meanwhile, Joaquin is surprised to see Toronado in the livestock car and, when it stops, he and Toronado break out and follow the train. When Joaquin sees that the train is headed right for the governor's platform, he has Toronado kick the track switch, diverting the train. Elena and Zorro leap off just before the train hits a large pile of rails, blowing up the train and Armand with it. As Zorro looks on approvingly, the governor signs the bill granting statehood to California. Alejandro later apologizes to Joaquin for not telling him that he was Zorro. In the final scene, Fr Felipe re-affirms Alejandro and Elena's marriage vows, during which the church bells sound the alert that Zorro is needed. As Elena and Joaquin watch approvingly, Zorro and Toronado ride off into the sunset. "It's who we are," Elena explains to Joaquin.

Apparently so. The cast lists Abraham Lincoln as being played by Pedro Mira. However, The Legend of Zorro takes place in 1850, but Abraham Lincoln was not elected as the 16th president of the United States until 1860. In 1850, he was practicing law in Springfield, Illinois.

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