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Che! (1969)

Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Sy Bartlett (story), David Karp (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Che Guevara
Jack Palance ... Fidel Castro
Cesare Danova ... Ramon Valdez
Robert Loggia ... Faustino Morales
Woody Strode ... Guillermo
BarBara Luna ... Anita Marquez (as Barbara Luna)
Frank Silvera ... Goatherd
Albert Paulsen ... Capt. Vasquez
Linda Marsh ... Tania
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Felipe Muñoz
Rudy Diaz ... Willy
Perry Lopez ... Rolando
Abraham Sofaer ... Pablo Rojas
Richard Angarola ... Col. Salazar
Sarita Vara Sarita Vara ... Celia Sanchez
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Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that government and Castro's taking over of Cuba. The film covers Guevara's life from when he first landed in Cuba in 1956 to his death in an ambush by government troops in the mountains of Bolivia in 1967. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Che Guevara...The Doctor Turned Fighter. The Fighter Turned Revolutionary. The Revolutionary Turned Martyr To Some, Murderer To Others. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Causa Perdida See more »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1967, the year of Guevara's death, it was announced that Oscar - winning director, Tony Richardson, and writer Alan Sillitoe were working on a Chè movie. The pair had previously worked together on The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). See more »

Goofs

San Juan, Puerto Rico, served as the setting for the Communists' triumphal entry into Havana. In one scene you can see a street identified as Calle Federico Degetau (Federico Degetau Street). Degetau was a Puerto Rican politician and writer, and therefore not someone likely to have a street named in his honor in Havana. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
American Reporter: Colonel, do you have any explanation to why all these people are here?
Col. Salazar: You're an American journalist... why do people in your country flock to see a dead gangster?
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A major miscalculation on every level
28 September 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

If you are determined to see CHE! no matter what, I highly suggest you first pick up and read a good book about the man, Fidel Castro, and the Cuban revolution itself. Otherwise, you'll be utterly confused. The movie starts with the rebel invasion of Cuba, without giving us any idea about what Che had been doing up to that point of time. (Like: Why was he convinced to follow Castro?) We also don't really see what the political situation was exactly like in Cuba at the time. (How can we understand the rebels if we don't know what they are fighting against?) The movie continues to be confusing by subsequently not making it clear just how the rebels were able to build in force after being almost completely wiped out... or just how exactly they were able to weaken the government forces... or how Che transformed from a weakling into a strong leader (it seems to happen overnight!)... or why exactly Che got tired of being in Cuba.

The subsequent unfolding events do get somewhat clearer once Che gets to Bolivia and starts his doomed campaign there, but you still don't understand the man. And with Richard Fleischer at the helm - a director who was usually only as good as his script - the movie sinks deeper into badness. The fact that Fleischer shows a complete inablility to film action scenes is just the least of his problems.

And talk about miscasting! Omar Sharif as Che?!? He looks understandably confused and cowed in the role - deadly for someone who was reportedly a charismatic and cunning leader. But his performance is brilliant next to that of Jack Palance. Palance is unbelievably goofy as Castro, who was a strong leader in his own right. Reports at the time of filming state that Palance asked that Castro's "buffoonery" in the script be changed. Apparently that didn't happen. I can imagine that Palance subsequently decided to take revenge by hamming things up, especially since he also stated to the press after filming that he regretted ever being involved in this production.


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