Cesar Chavez (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Biography  |  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 overview, first billed only:
Kerry Adra ...
American Lady
Chato Chavez
Gilbert Padilla
Jerry Cohen
Concerned Mother #1
Richard Chavez
Concerned Mother #2
Larry Itliong
Jackie Stringer
Duncan Bridgeman ...
Aldo Ceceña ...
Sherriff Smith
Roger Cudney ...
Dolores Huerta


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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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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$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 »


Jerry Cohen: Who else is on the team?
Cesar Chavez: Just you.
Jerry Cohen: Doesn't it take more than one person to make a team?
Cesar Chavez: Oh, you'll be doing more work than one person.
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28 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off I'm just writing this review as a Movie. I'm not here to talk about if the way they portrayed Cesar Chavez historically accurate with it's shining spotlight on an Mexican hero with biased display. No rather just the Movie itself. I just though it would be interesting to see the biopic of the man who helped farm workers and the people around my community.

Well I thought it was satisfying. Didn't get out of the theater to excited. The movie gives us a glimpse of Cesar Chavez humble origins. With flashback recounts and the "spark" that led him to become the person we know him today. I come to wonder though if some of the stuff presented WAS actually accurate. It seems like most movies that deal with one man had to make him the most heroic, most problem-convenient solver that helped the people and was able to stick it to the Man. Then again this is Hollywood.

I thought the performance by Pena was really good. Though I wasn't even born when Cesar was around, I cant really say that he was the perfect actor for him, since you know I never met the real guy. But overall he delivers a realistic performance (maybe a bit too brave in my opinion) that I couldn't really complain about. This will surely bump his career. Heck I just saw him listed in Ant-Man.

John Malkovich was good. He displayed the angry white guy well. Enough to say "yes this is how someone would act if they were trying to stomp out those 'darn' Mexicans". Having him as one of the lead roles made the movie memorable. Did his character really exist?

As far the story, it was easy to follow. It wasn't confusing. I think this director has good potential for future films.

My only problems that I have was some things just came in to convenient, too clichéd for me to say "oh yeah, I'm sure that really happened". Some things fell into place right on time. Like the fact that there was no negativity towards the movement at all. I could have sworn that this "non-violent" movement did have some violence (not saying that Cesar Chavez was violent, but that EVERY SINGLE person that supported this movement was not violent? eh idk lets look at some history records).

But if you like Cesar Chavez as the historical figure, I think this film balances well as a biopic. Nothing too great to be praiseworthy about as far as being Oscar material, other than we finally get a movie about a Mexican hero. Overall I enjoyed watching it.


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