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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 ... See full summary »

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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 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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film critic Steven Scheuer said, "Everyone connected with this film deserves censure." See more »

Goofs

When Anita Márquez filled Che's mate bowl, he passed it to her without the bombilla, the metal straw; he then stirred the mate and took a drink. It's not done that way: the bombilla stays in the leaves at all times (no stirring). See more »

Quotes

Che Guevara: The peasant is like a wild flower in the forest, and the revolutionary like a bee. Neither can survive or propogate without the other. There is one essential difference between us and bees, however. In this hive, I will *not* tolerate drones!
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Not as wretched as reputed, but good for a few laughs
14 May 2002 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

This film was almost hooted into oblivion by the critics at the time of its release, so when I saw it on one of the Cinemax channels last night, I was surprised that it wasn't much worse. A few months ago I saw the highly acclaimed docudrama on Fidel on Showtime, and this film, while not as good as the Showtime drama, is not all that much worse either.

First the bad stuff. Jack Palance's portrayal of Fidel Castro must rank as one of the worst performances ever to appear on screen. During the first half of the film, he spends most of the time rolling a lit cigar around in his mouth and making weird facial grimaces, most of which he seems to have forgotten by the second half. Moreover, he makes Castro come across as a dim-witted doofus who is always helped to see the right course by the brilliant Che, rather than portraying Castro as the brilliant strategist and tactician he was. Secondly, although the film is in English, much of the spoken dialogue sounds like a dubbed movie. Maybe that's because one of the principal supporting actors is Italian.

That having been said, the film's history is, quite surprisingly, fairly accurate. It accurately depicts how Castro's forces were almost completely wiped out after the arrival from Mexico, and Castro was left with a force numbering less than twenty. Nevertheless, he survives and gradually wins the support of the peasants, so that eventually he has a guerrilla force numbering in the thousands. The fact that Guevara was unable to pull off the same feat in Bolivia, due largely to his own megalomania that prevented his listening to the Bolivian peasants, is accurately portrayed as well. This isn't available on video and isn't likely to come to a theater, so you can probably see it only on cable. If it comes along, it's worth a watch.


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