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The Brave One (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 23 November 1956 (Japan)
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A young Mexican boy tirelessly tries to save his pet bull from death at the hands of a celebrated matador.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview:
Michel Ray ... Leonardo
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Rafael Rosillo
Elsa Cárdenas ... Maria
Carlos Navarro 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
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

boy | bull | mexico | mexican | city | See All (43) »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El niño y el toro See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the history lesson, the teacher tells that the Emperor Maximilian (formerly the Archduke Maximilian of Austria) was the son of an Emperor and an Empress and had a brother who became Emperor. Although the latter is true (the Emperor Francis Joseph I), their parents were mere Archduke Francis and Archduchess Sophia of Austria (born Princess of Bavaria). See more »

Quotes

Leonardo: Why are you afraid of their paper? Why do you cringe before them like a dog?
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood on Trial (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Andalucia
(uncredited)
Music by Ernesto Lecuona
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A delight in sight and sound...
27 December 1999 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"The Brave One" is about a peasant boy who runs away to Mexico City to save his brave bull, Gitano... Irving Rapper directed the beautiful simple story of Leonardo and his attachment to his pet bull with understanding...

"The Brave One" has an authentic look in the bullring, on ranches and in Mexican streets...

"The Brave One" has humor: When Gitano, becoming a remarkable bull with a fine physical construction, proves his spirit to Carlos Navarro's red car...

"The Brave One" has strange attachment: The charge of the noble bull against a ferocious jaguar to protect Leonardo's life...

"The Brave One" has determination: In front of the Monument of Mexican President Benito Juarez, the persisting and exhausted boy got a great idea to go and meet the President, the only authority that could save his bull...

"The Brave One" has bravery: Gitano offered to the public a magnificent spectacle of skill, grace and courage...

"The Brave One" has suspense: When the 'moment of truth' is at hand, the little Leonardo, all anguished, couldn't see Gitano in front of his 'Hour of Truth.'

"The Brave One" has a terrific climax: Clamorous screams from the public are heard stronger and stronger... Handkerchiefs are moving in the air with a petition to the president of the bullring...

The film covers many highlights as the weaning and branding of the bulls and how they are tested in the open fields; la Fiesta Brava filling resplendently in the gold and pink brocades of Mexico, mixing with the elegance of swirling capes; the father of Leonardo (Rodolfo Hoyos) trying to make Leonardo understand that the pet bull is born to die in the ring—the reason of his life...

With a tremendous score and an outstanding color photography of exceptional beauty, Jack Cardiff realized the most beautiful and expressive scenery of the Mexican landscapes... His movie had the flavor of the bullfight game and its devotees and hangers-on...

As a little boy, I loved everything about this passionate film superbly directed and acted... Such emotion as I remember seeing it for the first time with my dear parents and brothers a long time ago in Beirut, Lebanon...


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