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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 & 47 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 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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Taglines:

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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Country:

Argentina | USA | Chile | Peru | Brazil | UK | Germany | France

Language:

Spanish | Quechua | Mapudungun

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Motorcycle Diaries See more »

Filming Locations:

Venezuela See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$375,461 (Brazil), 7 May 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,819, 26 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,756,372, 13 February 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Dr. Hugo Pesce (Peru): Mariátegui speaks of the revolutionary potential of the natives and farm workers of Latin America. He says the problem of the Indian is the problem of the land and that the revolution should not be an imitation. It should be original and indigenous.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Delicado
Written by Waldyr Acevedo
Interpreted by Oscar de Elia
Editorial Warner - Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
by arrangement with Warner - Chappell Music, Inc.
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A Politically Thoughtful and Pretty Grand Tour of South America
15 October 2004 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"The Motorcycle Diaries" (Diarios de motocicleta) works more effectively as a bio-pic than on its own as a road movie.

The scenery throughout Latin America is beautiful and the two leads are very affecting, especially Gael García Bernal as Ernesto Guevara de la Serna when "Che" is still nascent.

But it's surprising how undramatic what happens that turns a sweet, middle-class med student into a revolutionary. He was already a liberal who wanted to help leprosy patients, so what happens isn't a complete turn-around -- even when they are broke, they can wire home for more money. Rather it sets off an internal thoughtfulness that is difficult to catch on film.

Mostly just leaving his sheltered life, particularly being dropped by his wealthy girlfriend, and seeing the continent, especially his first exposure to the indigenous peoples who suffer the most in every South American country even while tourists are visiting the ruins of their ancestors, becomes the nexus of his pan-continental political ideals.

He is mostly an observer and inconsistent protester of injustice, not a victim -- it's startling that his culminating noble sojourn at the leper colony, where he can put his skills and indivisible warmth to specific good, is only for three weeks.

So there's no eye-opening "Grapes of Wrath" conflict, though he is always contrasted with his carefree companion, Alberto Granado. Their close camaraderie is well-captured and Ernesto has a profound impact on him, as we learn in a final biographical summary.

It is amusing that Ernesto contradicts the stereotype of the Latin male sensualist and is a terrible dancer to the lovely soundtrack.


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