6.9/10
31,219
65 user 174 critic

Che: Part Two (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 24 January 2009 (USA)
Trailer
2:31 | Trailer
In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Peter Buchman (screenplay), Benjamin A. van der Veen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Che: Part One (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Philip Eytan
Traffic (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Bubble I (2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Debbie Doebereiner, Omar Cowan, Dustin James Ashley
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A chronicle of the tempestuous six-year romance between megastar singer Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A look at the art of Spalding Gray who drew from real life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Spalding Gray, Forrest Gray, Kathie Russo
Solaris (2002)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demián Bichir ... Fidel Castro (as Demian Bichir)
Rodrigo Santoro ... Raúl Castro
Benicio Del Toro ... Ernesto Che Guevara
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Aleida March
María D. Sosa María D. Sosa ... Aleidita
Raúl Beltrán Raúl Beltrán ... Bolivian Customs Agent #1
Raúl 'Pitín' Gómez Raúl 'Pitín' Gómez ... Bolivian Customs Agent #2
Paty M. Bellott Paty M. Bellott ... Woman at Airport
Othello Rensoli Othello Rensoli ... Pombo (Harry Villegas Tamayo)
Franka Potente ... Tania (Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider)
Norman Santiago ... Tuma (Carlos Coello)
Joaquim de Almeida ... President René Barrientos
Pablo Durán Pablo Durán ... Pacho (Alberto Fernández Montes de Oca)
Ezequiel Díaz Ezequiel Díaz ... Loro (Jorge Vázquez Viaña)
Juan Salinas Juan Salinas ... Polo (Apolinar Aquino Quispe)
Edit

Storyline

In 1965, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara resigns from his Cuban government posts to secretly make his latest attempt to spread the revolution in Bolivia. After arriving in La Paz, Bolivia late in 1966, by 1967, Che with several Cuban volunteers, have raised a small guerrilla army to take on the militarist Bolivian movement. However, Che must face grim realities about his few troops and supplies, his failing health, and a local population who largely does not share the idealistic aspirations of a foreign troublemaker. As the US supported Bolivian army prepares to defeat him, Che and his beleaguered force struggle against the increasingly hopeless odds. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain | France | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerrilla See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,070, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$748,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,638,162
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Benicio Del Toro chose Ryan Gosling to play Benigno 'Beni' Ramírez. Gosling met with the real Ramirez and learned some Spanish to prepare for role. But delays during pre-production caused Gosling to drop out of the project. See more »

Goofs

At his execution, Che was shot a total of nine times, not three as shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ernesto Che Guevara: [to a Bolivian soldier about to execute him] Shoot. Do it.
See more »

Connections

References The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Balderrama
Lyrics by Manuel José Castilla
Music by Gustavo Leguizamon
Performed by Mercedes Sosa
Courtesy of Universal Music
Copyright (c) by Lagos Editorial (Warner/Chappell Music Argentina)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Radio Rebelde / Radical Writings on Guerilla Warfare
23 February 2012 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

It helps to know that this was originally brought to life as a Terrence Malick screenplay about Che's disastrous forray in Bolivia. Financing fell through and Soderbergh stepped in to direct. He conceived a first part and shot both back to back as one film trailing Che's rise and fall.

He retained however what I believe would be Malick's approach: no politics and a just visual poem about the man behind the image, exhaustive as the horrible slog through Cuban jungles and windswept Andean plateaus must have been. Malick applied this to his New World that he abandoned Che for, lyrical many times over.

But Soderbergh being an ambitious filmmaker, he puzzled over this a little more. Here was a man of action at the center of many narratives about him, some fashioned by himself, conflictingly reported as iconic revolutionary or terrorist, charismatic leader or ruthless thug, erudite Marxist thinker or brutal soldier.

So how to visually exemplify this contradicting ethos as our film about him? And how to arrange a world around this person in such a way as to absorb him whole, unfettered from narrative - but writing it as he goes along - off camera - but ironically on - and as part of that world where narratives are devised to explain him. As flesh and bones, opposed to a cutout from a history book.

One way to do this, would be via Brecht and artifice. The Korda photograph would reveal lots, how we know people from images, how we build narratives from them. Eisenstein sought the same in a deeper way, coming up with what he termed the 'dialectical montage': a world assembled by the eye, and in such ways as the eye aspires to create it.

So what Soderbergh does, is everything by halves: a dialectic between two films trailing opposite sides of struggle, glory and failure, optimism and despair. Two visual palettes, two points of view in the first film, one in the presence of cameras hoping to capture the real person, the other were that image was being forged in action.

The problem, is of course that Brecht and Eisenstein made art in the hope to change the world, to awaken consciousness, Marxist art with its trappings. By now we have grown disillusioned with the idea, and Soderbergh makes no case and addresses no present struggles.

But we still have the cinematic essay about all this.

The first part: a narrative broadcast from real life, meant to reveal purpose, ends, revolution. The second part: we get to note in passing a life that is infinitely more expansive than any story would explain, more complex, beautiful, frustrating, and devoid of any apparent purpose other than what we choose as our struggle, truly a guerilla life.

I imagine a tremendous film from these notions. Just notice the remarkable way Part 2 opens. Che arrives at Bolivia in disguise, having shed self and popular image. No longer minister, spokesman, diplomat, guerilla, he is an ordinary man lying on a hotel bed, one among many tourists. Life could be anything once more, holds endless possibility. Cessation.

What does he do? He begins to fashion the same narrative as before, revolution again. Chimera this time. Transient life foils him in Bolivia. Instead of changing the world once more, he leaves behind a story of dying for it. We have a story about it as our film, adding to the rest.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 65 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed