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The Legend of Zorro (2005)

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Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.

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Martin Campbell

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Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Reyes ... Brother Ignacio
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Frey Felipe
Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Guillermo Cortez
Adrian Alonso ... Joaquin de la Vega
Nick Chinlund ... Jacob McGivens
Giovanna Zacarías ... Blanca Cortez (as Giovanna Zacarias)
Carlos Cobos Carlos Cobos ... Tabulador
Antonio Banderas ... Don Alejandro de la Vega / Zorro
Michael Emerson ... Harrigan
Shuler Hensley ... Pike
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Governor Riley (as Pedro Armendariz)
Mary Crosby ... Governor's Wife
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Elena de la Vega
Mauricio Bonet Mauricio Bonet ... Don Verdugo
Fernando Becerril ... Don Diaz
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Storyline

The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De LaVega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there's more to Armand than meets the eye, and our hero is intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well. Written by amneris21

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This Fall, adventure begins with a Z.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zorro Unmasked See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,328,506, 30 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,464,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,400,065
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Amendola, who played "Don Luis" in The Mask of Zorro (1998), plays "Father Quintero" in this movie, its sequel. Fans have long debated whether they are in fact the same character. See more »

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In 1850, the desperado rides in shooting at voters with a "Henry" rifle, which hadn't been invented yet. See more »

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Zorro: [has just gotten out of bed and realizes he is naked] What happened to my clothes?
Lupe: I removed them last night so you wouldn't catch pneumonia.
Zorro: You removed them?
Lupe: After you came back from the cantina you went for a swim.
Zorro: In my clothes?
Lupe: Sí, señor.
Zorro: This hotel doesn't have a pool...
Lupe: We have a fountain.
Zorro: Ah... Well, thank you, Lupe. Perhaps you just can... turn around, eh?
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The closing credits list Abraham Lincoln as "President Lincoln". Lincoln was serving his first term on the Illinois State Assembly at the time that the film is set. See more »

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References The Mummy Returns (2001) See more »

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California Dianas
Written and Produced by Eduardo Gamboa
Performed by Banda de Tlayacapan
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The Legend of Zorro - Don't Compare It To The First One
28 October 2005 | by mls-11See all my reviews

We saw "The Legend of Zorro" at our local theater tonight, long-anticipating a sequel to a wonderful film featuring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. While hoping it would follow suit with the first film, we were committed to going in with open minds.

Simply, the film does not match the robustness, passion or provocative nature of the first film. That does NOT mean it is a bad film - just different.

Strengths of the movie include admirable performing by the Alejandro and Elena stars. Clearly, their on-screen match-up was a great renewal. It was good to see them together again, though there was far less chemistry than they enjoyed in the first film.

The stunt work was fairly good, though some was a bit over-the-top and not particularly believable. All in all, though, it added a bit to the overall story.

The most disappointing aspects of the movie were select portions of the scripting and casting. For example, young Joaquin speaks in 2005 language - 150 years too early. Those creating the script should have restrained themselves, and used a bit more time to research the language of the era being portrayed in the story.

As to scripting: unless my eyes deceived me, one of the padres in the film (actually, Joaquin's teacher) appeared to be one of the Dons from the first film. I am unsure why this would have been a choice by the casting folks - and further unsure why it would be approved by the producer or the director.

Finally, the film seemed to drag out a bit - didn't need to be >2 hours long, in my estimation.

With all of this said, it is worth seeing. Just don't expect the blockbuster film that was the first "Zorro!"


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