The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.
In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.
In 1909, Emiliano Zapata, a well-born but penniless Mexican Mestizo from the southern state of Morelos, comes to Mexico City to complain that their arable land has been enclosed, leaving them only in the barren hills. His expressed dissatisfaction with the response of the President Diaz puts him in danger, and when he rashly rescues a prisoner from the local militia he becomes an outlaw. Urged on by a strolling intellectual, Fernando, he supports the exiled Don Francisco Madero against Diaz, and becomes the leader of his forces in the South as Francisco 'Pancho' Villa is in the North. Diaz flees, and Madero takes his place; but he is a puppet president, in the hands of the leader of the army, Huerta, who has him assassinated when he tries to express solidarity for the men who fought for him. Zapata and Villa return to arms, and, successful in victory, seek to find a leader for the country. Unwillingly, Zapata takes the job, but, a while later, he responds to some petitioners from his ...Written by
I searched for a while to find this on video-cassette, and ultimately didn't feel rewarded, although my dad has often referred to "Viva Zapata" as one of his favorite films. This film has not aged well. The writing and music were weak. (The music was similar to what patrons of large Mexican chain restaurants listen to between courses.) Although there are some good scenes, particularly the final two with Brando and his horse and the Mexican peasants, continuity between major events is lacking. For example, in one scene, Zapata increases his military efforts against the government, and in the next, THEY'VE WON THE WAR! At what cost? How long did it take? Were there epic or notable battles? Did Zapata agonize about the loss of his friends?
"Viva Zapata" was nominated for several Oscars, and Quinn won on the basis of one great scene with Brando near the film's conclusion. I didn't like Brando here at all. "On the Waterfront" was much more powerful.
Rating: "4" out of "10."
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