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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.

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Cast

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

The original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, is captured and imprisoned just as Spain concedes California to Santa Anna. 20 years go by and his mortal enemy, Don Rafael Montero, returns to California with a plan to become wealthy at the expense of the peasants. The original Zorro escapes from prison and trains a new Zorro to take his place. Much swashbuckling and derring-do ensues. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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

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Also Known As:

Mark of Zorro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,525,855, 19 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$94,095,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,288,523
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, Martin Campbell stated the training scene when Alejandro was doing elevated push up with De la Vega's legs adding weight on his back and the candles at the base of his body for incentive to not collapse was directly inspired by a similar scene in an unspecified Jackie Chan film, presumably Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978). Campbell would later direct Chan in The Foreigner (2017). See more »

Goofs

After the big chase scene, as Zorro and his horse canter up the hill, the horse's steps don't match the hoof beats heard. See more »

Quotes

Captain Harrison Love: [Fighting with 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 »


Soundtracks

I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Produced by Jim Steinman
Performed by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena
Tina Arena appears courtesy of Sony Music (Australia)
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The Best "Zorro" Ever Produced.
4 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Strikingly entertaining and first-rate in most all cinematic categories, "The Mask of Zorro" is a smart action film that works due to a convincing titled character (Antonio Banderas), the almost unreal beauty of Catherine Zeta-Jones and the professionalism of Anthony Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins starts out as Zorro, but is caught by the evil Stuart Wilson shortly after a wild rescue of three men in the village. Wilson leaves the country and takes Hopkins' baby daughter with him. Fast-forward 20 years and Hopkins has escaped and he begins to teach Banderas (also seeking revenge after the murder of his brother) the way to be a fighter for truth and justice. The baby has grown up to become Zeta-Jones and thinks that she is really Wilson's daughter. A great film that works well due to an adequate screenplay, good characterization and solid direction. A near-perfect success. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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