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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Diarios de motocicleta (original title)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (book) (as Ernesto Guevara), Alberto Granado (book) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 35 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Ernesto Guevara de la Serna
Rodrigo De la Serna ... Alberto Granado
Mía Maestro ... Chichina Ferreyra
Mercedes Morán ... Celia de la Serna (Argentina)
Jean Pierre Noher ... Ernesto Guevara Lynch (Argentina) (as Jean-Pierre Noher)
Lucas Oro Lucas Oro ... Roberto Guevara (Argentina)
Marina Glezer Marina Glezer ... Celita Guevara (Argentina)
Sofia Bertolotto ... Ana María Guevara (Argentina) (as Sofía Bertolotto)
Franco Solazzi Franco Solazzi ... Juan Martín Guevara (Argentina)
Ricardo Díaz Mourelle Ricardo Díaz Mourelle ... Uncle Jorge (Argentina) (as Ricardo Diaz Mourelle)
Sergio Boris Sergio Boris ... Young Traveler (Argentina)
Daniel Kargieman Daniel Kargieman ... Young Traveler (Argentina)
Diego Giorzi Diego Giorzi ... Rodolfo (Argentina)
Facundo Espinosa Facundo Espinosa ... Tomás Granado (Argentina)
Matias Gomez Matias Gomez ... Kid (Argentina) (as Matías Gómez)
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In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (they often stretching the truth to gain the favor of a variety of strangers to help them), arguments between the two in their frequent isolation solely with each other, their raging libidos which sometimes get ... Written by Huggo

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Let the world change you... and you can change the world See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Ernesto and Alberto are in Temuco, walking with the bike and reading "El Diario Austral," Alberto complains because they misspelled his last name. El Diario Austral still exists, and it's the biggest newspaper in the Araucanía region of southern Chile. During filming in Temuco, the newspaper wrote a new article about the making of the film, and deliberately misspelled Alberto's last name again, 50 years later. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the early 1950s. When Ernesto and Alberto arrive in Valparaiso, Chile, a blue floating dry-dock (the "Valparaiso III", owned by SOCIBER) is visible on the bay. It first appeared in 1985. See more »

Quotes

Silvia (Peru): What is wrong with you?
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: I was born with bad lungs.
Silvia (Peru): What a shame!
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: No, is not that bad. Thanks to that i skipped the military service, I didn't have to shine anyone boots.
Silvia (Peru): Is that why you became a doctor? Because you are sick?
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: Is possible.The first word i learned was injection. I want to be useful in some way.
Silvia (Peru): You are wasting your time.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: Why?
Silvia (Peru): This life is hell.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: Yes, it's really fucked up, but we have to fight for every breath and tell Death to fuck off.
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Crazy Credits

The real Alberto appears at the very end of the film just before the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #14.27 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Qué Rico El Mambo
Written by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Interpreted by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Pérez Prado appears by courtesy of BMG Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.
Editorial Peer International Corp. (BMI) o/b/o/ EMMI
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A bit Hollywoodish, but not too much
13 December 2004 | by zio ugoSee all my reviews

The topic is interesting, the quintessential "road movie" with social and political undertones (or maybe the quintessential social and political film with road undertones) and, all in all, fairly well realized. The Latin American natural and human landscape is, as always, stunning in its beauty and variety. All in all a decent film. Yet, one can't help but comparing it with the film it could have been and it wasn't, mainly due to a certain Hollywood sappiness that, maybe under the influence of the American portion of the production, percolates through the whole film. Some defects are subtle and, all in all, venial: the way facial expressions are edited in here and there in the film, certain semi-comical moments whose placement and frequency are too predictable not to arouse the suspicion that they went directly from the pages of a production manual into the film, etc. Others are more evident: the river-crossing scene is absolutely unforgivable (and this whether Guevara really swam through the river or not), the political and social aspects of the film are downplayed and, when they are played at all, they are with a naiveté that borders with a populist "good feeling" (what the Italians used to call, some ten years ago, "il buonismo.") Gael Garcia Bernal is a solid actor, and this film confirms it, but we are far away from the performance in "El crime del Padre Amaro." One can even glimpse the early symptoms of Tarantinism (a disease that I named after Quentin Tarantino: a great director who is, however, so busy being Quentin Tarantino that his life seems not to have much space for anything else.)

But, as I said, all in all, the story is good, the film keeps moving, the South American landscape is beautiful, the Argentinian accent is deliciously musical. Not a masterpiece, but worth the price of the ticket, which is more than you can say for so many films.


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Language:

Spanish | Quechua | Mapudungun

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,819, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$16,781,387

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,663,224
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