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Viva Zapata! (1952)

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writer:

John Steinbeck
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Zapata
Jean Peters ... Josefa
Anthony Quinn ... Eufemio
Joseph Wiseman ... Fernando
Arnold Moss ... Don Nacio
Alan Reed ... Pancho Villa
Margo ... Soldadera
Harold Gordon Harold Gordon ... Madero
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Pablo
Frank Silvera ... Huerta
Florenz Ames ... Senor Espejo
Richard Garrick ... Old General
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Diaz
Mildred Dunnock ... Senora Espejo
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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A BANDIT WHO BECAME A LEGEND!...Roaring Story of Mexico's Tiger on a White Horse!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 August 1952 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Beloved Tiger See more »

Filming Locations:

San Ygnacio, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before Jean Peters landed the role, Julie Harris was set to play Josefa Zapata. See more »

Goofs

When Emiliano is thrown on the slab in the middle of town so all could see what happens to revolutionaries at the end of the movie, Brando's stomach could be seen heavily breathing, even though he is supposed to be dead. See more »

Quotes

Fernando: [to a vistor wanting to see Zapata] General Zapata is busy.
Fernando: [after a firing squad gunshot is heard] General Zapata will see you now.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Mexico-1909

A delegation of Indians from the State of Morelos have come to the Capital for an audience with their President, Porfirio Diaz. See more »

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A very fine forgotten film
21 June 2003 | by JGDullaartSee all my reviews

I saw Viva Zapata 50 years ago, when I was 15. And all those years I hoped to see it again sometime. But in the Netherlands it's not available on VHS or DVD. I remember the great performance of Marlon Brando as Zapata. And how I hated Wiseman who played the ultimate traitor. In a magazine I read that Brando, before they shot the picture, spent several weeks in a remote Mexican village to learn the habits of the Mexicans, and he WAS a Mexican in the film! What a performer! I do hope to see once again some day! 9 out of 10.

Hans Dullaart Delft Netherlands.


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