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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 Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.

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Martin Campbell

Writers:

Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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

In 1850--against the backdrop of political unrest, as the scheming Jacob McGivens tries to stop California from joining the Union--the mysterious black-caped masked swordsman, Alejandro de la Vega, aka Zorro, finds himself in an unavoidable predicament. Having spent almost a decade protecting his people and fighting injustice, Alejandro's wife, Elena, insists that he gives up the black mask, and become a true father to their eight-year-old son, Joaquin. However, when Elena leaves him for the French count, Armand, it becomes evident that the conceited aristocrat is up to no good. Can Zorro, the legendary defender of the innocent, save both his marriage and the country? Written by Nick Riganas

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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

Gross USA:

$46,464,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,400,065
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie went through many titles. It was originally called "The Mask Of Zorro 2" and then that title was changed to "Zorro Unmasked" which had been the original script title by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. After their script was not used the title went to "Zorro 2" then to "The Return Of Zorro" before Sony pictures finally settled on the title "The Legend Of Zorro". See more »

Goofs

Zorro squeezes the priest's cross with his right hand; when the camera angle changes he holds it with his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Frey Felipe: Why aren't you in school?
Joaquin: But, padre, what if Zorro comes?
Frey Felipe: If he does, I'll make sure he carves a 'Z' on your backside. How's that?
Joaquin: [smiles and gasps] Really?
Frey Felipe: Get outta here!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in The Legend of Zorro: Playing with Trains (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Elena's Fanfare
Written and Produced by Eduardo Gamboa
Performed by The Mexfilm Chamber Orchestra
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User Reviews

 
Formulaic, but reminiscent of old style westerns -- with a Latino cast
5 November 2005 | by ms_jade_liSee all my reviews

I liked the film.

You aren't going to get a more aesthetic movie than this: the actors (wow, Antonio and Catherine Zeta both in the same movie -- Anjelina & Brad, eat your hearts out -- no contest!), the costumes, the lighting, the villa and townscapes, and the sheer beauty of the location, day and night.

Antonio looks a little more "mature" than I've seen him in awhile, but he's no less smoldering and charming on the screen. He's a natural for playing Zorro. The athleticism of Zorro is pretty impressive too. Lots of leaps, flips, and creative uses of his whip.

Catherine-Zeta is breathtakingly beautiful, as always. Those eyes of hers... It's enjoyable to see her in a maternal role. I love her costumes! It's good to see her multi-tasking.

Their son, Joaquim, is outstanding. Child stars usually make me gag, but this kid has genuine talent, and the person(s) filming and editing have admirably captured it.

The main bad guy (the one with the mansion) is intriguing as well. Not sure who he is but I hope to see more of him.

The other villain is, plain and simple, unidimensional, which is typical of adventure type movies. No surprises there. The way he meets his end is creative.

The Horse. Wow.

The political framework of the plot worked well for the movie.

If you're looking for a movie that entertains while being pleasing to the eye, check it out.


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