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Cesar Chavez (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 28 March 2014 (USA)
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A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Adra ...
American Lady
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Chato Chavez
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Gilbert Padilla
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Jerry Cohen
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Concerned Mother #1
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Richard Chavez
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Concerned Mother #2
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Larry Itliong
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Jackie Stringer
Duncan Bridgeman ...
Anchor
Aldo Ceceña ...
Chucho
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Sherriff Smith
Roger Cudney ...
Grower
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Dolores Huerta
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Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world. Written by Pantelion Films

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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28 March 2014 (USA)  »

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Cesar Chavez: An American Hero  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,861,528 (USA) (28 March 2014)

Gross:

$5,550,866 (USA) (2 May 2014)
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Cesar mentions Selma, in 1965 Martin Luther King Jr. who also did peaceful protest for black civil rights, Selma is also a town in Central California near Hanford and Leemore See more »

Quotes

Sherriff Smith: Cesar, you got a permit for this march?
Cesar Chavez: It's not a march, Sheriff. It's a pilgrimage all the way to Sacramento. And our families are here just to say goodbye.
Sherriff Smith: [to policemen] You hear that? They don't like working for a day's wage, but they will walk over 300 miles for free.
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #31.10 (2014) See more »

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Amor sin medida
Performed by Amalia Mendoza
Composed by José Alfredo Jiménez
Published by Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional, S.A. de C.V.
Courtesy of Orfeón Videovox, S.A.
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Excellent Biopic on an important Civil Rights and Labor Leader
15 March 2014 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

Cesar Chavez was very warmly received during its North American Premiere at Austin's SXSW Film where it won one of the audience awards. Director Diego Luna has done an excellent job in bringing this important and often poorly understood civil right and labor leader to life for a new generation. Michael Pena delivers his best acting performance to date as he really seems to capture the essence of Chavez. The film is reminiscent of other films about leading social organizers such as Milk which is also set in California in about the same time period. The film focuses on the major events of his organizing including the boycott of grapes which eventually forced the grape growers to reach an agreement with the United Farm Workers (UFW). The film also emphasizes his dedication to the cause of non-violence and his efforts to work across ethnic lines. While all such films are imperfect vehicles for encapsulating an individual's life, I felt this one did solid job of capturing the spirit of Cesar Chavez. It also showed the difficulties his work caused for his family. I think this film could be very valuable as an educational tool for teaching young people about the legacy of Cesar Chavez. I hope that it is gains some popularity with mainstream audiences.


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