A young Mexican boy tirelessly tries to save his pet bull from death at the hands of a celebrated matador.


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Dalton Trumbo (story), Harry S. Franklin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Michel Ray ... Leonardo
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Rafael Rosillo
Elsa Cárdenas ... Maria
Carlos Navarro ... Don Alejandro Videgaray
Joi Lansing ... Marion Randall
Fermín Rivera Fermín Rivera ... The Bullfighter
Jorge Treviño Jorge Treviño ... Salvador
Carlos Fernández Carlos Fernández ... Manuel


The Brave One is a bull named Gitano (or Gypsy). A Mexican boy Michael Ray "adopts" Gitano after saving the animal's life during a storm. The friendship between bull and boy is threatened when Gitano's legal owners claim the animal and ship it off to the bullring. Moved by the boy's plight, the President of Mexico signs a "pardon" for Gitano - but not soon enough to prevent the bull's appearance at the Plaze de Mexico at Mexico City, where he faces top matador Fermin Rivera. Based on a true incident, the film earned a "best story" Academy Award for one Robert Rich - who, much to the embarrassment of the Academy (and the delight of civil libertarians) turned out to be blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Written by alfiehitchie

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After "The Brave One' won the Oscar for Best Screenplay, independent producer Edward Nassour sued its producers the King Brothers over plagiarism. It seems the script for "The Brave One' bore an uncanny resemblance to that for "Ring Around Saturn," a stop-motion animation feature Nassour had been working on with a script written by Paul Rader. The rights were originally owned by Jesse L. Lasky, who had wanted to produce it as "Valley of the Mist." The King Brothers settled the dispute by paying out to Nassour the sum of $750,000 in an out-of-court settlement. It turned out that blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had written the script for "The Brave One" using the pseudonym of Robert Rich. See more »


When the matador is fighting Gitano, the bull is not seen at first with a red ribbon stuck to his back. Then he has one, then he does not, then he has, and then again, has not. See more »


Leonardo: Why are you afraid of their paper? Why do you cringe before them like a dog?
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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »


Music by Ernesto Lecuona
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Great Family Movie!!!
11 June 2019 | by thewave-67015See all my reviews

Loved the picture! To bad they don't make pictures like this now adays?? Great old fashion family movie. Movies like this install good values and learning!

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 November 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brave One See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (35 mm magnetic prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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