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The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 17 July 1998 (USA)
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A young thief, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who also pursues vengeance of his own.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Johnston McCulley (character Zorro), Ted Elliott (story) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
José María de Tavira ... Young Alejandro Murrieta (as Jose Maria de Tavira)
Diego Sieres Diego Sieres ... Young Joaquín Murrieta
Emiliano Guerra Emiliano Guerra ... Boy Crying
Yolanda Orizaga Yolanda Orizaga ... Woman Crying
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Undertaker
William Marquez William Marquez ... Fray Felipe
Stuart Wilson ... Don Rafael Montero
Tony Amendola ... Don Luiz
Anthony Hopkins ... Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro
Pedro Altamirano Pedro Altamirano ... Squad Leader
Luisa Huertas ... Nanny
María Fernández Cruz María Fernández Cruz ... Baby Elena de la Vega (as Maria Fernandez Cruz)
Mónica Fernández Cruz Mónica Fernández Cruz ... Baby Elena de la Vega (as Monica Fernandez Cruz)
Julieta Rosen ... Esperanza de la Vega
Antonio Banderas ... Alejandro Murrieta / Zorro
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Storyline

In 1821 Old California--after humiliating once more the evil Spanish governor, Don Rafael Montero--the mysterious black-caped masked avenger of the oppressed, Don Diego de la Vega, or Zorro, finds himself incarcerated. With his only daughter raised by Don Rafael as his own, the grizzled swordsman makes a daring escape nearly two decades later, and takes under his wing the unrefined outlaw, Alejandro Murietta, to teach him the ropes and, hopefully, become the next Zorro. Now, the stage seems set for a ferocious final confrontation, as the new young rapier-wielder prepares to thwart the despicable governor's sinister plans. Can Alejandro live up to legendary Zorro's name? Written by Nick Riganas

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This summer, justice leaves its mark. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action and violence | See all certifications »

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On January 24, 2001, Sony Pictures Entertainment filed a lawsuit in United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division, against Fireworks Entertainment Group, the producers of the syndicated television series Queen of Swords (2000). Sony alleged copyright infringement and other claims, saying the series "copied protectable elements from the 'Zorro' character and 'Zorro' related works". On April 5, 2001, U.S. District Judge Collins denied Sony's motion for a preliminary injunction, noting "that since the copyrights in (Johnson McCulley's 1919 short story) The Curse of Capistrano and The Mark of Zorro (1920) lapsed in 1995 or before, the character Zorro has been in the public domain." As to specific elements of this film, the judge found that any similarities between the film and the television series' secondary characters and plot elements were insufficient to warrant an injunction. See more »

Goofs

When the two prison guards return with the bag to carry away the dead prisoner in, an iron door swings back before they pass through. The crew member who pulls it open it is briefly visible at the far right of the screen (widescreen only). See more »

Quotes

Captain Harrison Love: [while fighting Zorro] You're doing well, your brother would have shot himself by now.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens and closes with Zorro drawing his sword and slashing a Z on the screen. See more »

Connections

Version of Zorro (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Quiero Vivir la Vida Amandote
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Emilio Estefan Jr. and Angie Chirino
Produced by Jim Steinman and Emilio Estefan Jr.
Performed by Jon Secada and Ana Gabriel
Jon Secada appears courtesy of EMI/SBK Records
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First-rate Entertainment
12 August 2005 | by movieratings03See all my reviews

THE MASK OF ZORRO ****1/2 Stunning, visually rich, and highly acclaimed motion picture that retells the story of the Masked Swordsman (Anthony Hopkins) serving the people of California by saving them from the devious plans and conspiracies the Spanish empire and trained forces carry out. Hopkins trains a new Zorro (properly portrayed by Antonio Benderas) to take his place and save California from a tasteless fate. What subsequently takes place is nothing short of first-rate entertainment. The film has delightful humour and well choreographed sword-on-sword sequences. The musical score by James Horner provides additional supportive elements to capture all of the film's diverse moments. Excellent direction by Martin Campbell. A must-see.


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Country:

USA | Mexico | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of Zorro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,525,855, 19 July 1998

Gross USA:

$94,095,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,288,523
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2.39 : 1
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