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Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 24 January 2009 (USA)
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

Writers:

Peter Buchman (screenplay), Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (memoir "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Ormond ... Lisa Howard
Benicio Del Toro ... Ernesto Che Guevara
Oscar Isaac ... Interpreter (as Óscar Isaac)
Pablo Guevara Pablo Guevara ... Dinner Guest #1
Franklin Díaz Franklin Díaz ... Dinner Guest #2
Armando Suárez Cobián Armando Suárez Cobián ... Dinner Guest #3
Rodrigo Santoro ... Raúl Castro
María Isabel Díaz Lago María Isabel Díaz Lago ... María Antonia (as María Isabel Díaz)
Demián Bichir ... Fidel Castro (as Demian Bichir)
Mateo Gómez ... Cuban Diplomat #1
Ramon Fernandez ... Héctor (as Ramón Fernández)
Yul Vazquez ... Alejandro Ramírez (as Yul Vázquez)
Jose Caro Jose Caro ... Esteban (as José Caro)
Pedro Adorno Pedro Adorno ... Epifanío Díaz
Jsu Garcia ... Jorge Sotús (as Jsu García)
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Storyline

The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. Written by anonymous

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Country:

France | Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Campeche, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,070, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$1,731,665
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2.35 : 1
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Lisa Howard: What is the most important quality for a revolutionary to possess?
Ernesto Che Guevara: El amor.
Cuban Diplomat #1: [translating] Love.
Lisa Howard: Love?
Cuban Diplomat #1: Love of humanity... of justice and truth. A real revolutionary goes where he is needed.
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A good enough movie, that's really not without its flaws.
29 September 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This troubled production really isn't a bad one to watch but it's a bit of a distant and hard one to watch, due to its overall approach of its story and subject.

This must have been a bit of a dream-project for director Steven Soderbergh a the time, fore he really pushed for shooting and finishing this movie, without the backing of any big studios or rich producers. At the time the movie(s) was finished, nobody was interested in distributing it, despite having Soderbergh's and Benicio Del Toro's names attached to it. It therefore also never really got a decent wide release at the theaters and financially turned into a big disappointment, even after cutting the movie into two different separate ones and releasing them shortly after each other. The buzz for this movie however always had been quite good, though lots of people had also already pointed out from the beginning how heavily flawed the movie is. And yes, while this is definitely being a well made movie, it's definitely not a movie that is without its flows.

It's being a very fragmentary film, with some very fragmentary storytelling. This means that literally in the one scene we have a couple of guys talking in the jungle, the next scene a different group is in a fire fight and the next scene everybody is sitting around at a camp. So the scene's don't necessarily directly connect with each other. The entire movie is basically being like this and it even switches back and forth in time as well, with the story of Che fighting at Cuba and the story of Che talking at the UN convention in New York, many years later. This style of film-making really isn't that uncommon of course but I'm not always a big fan of it. This movie definitely didn't benefited much from it. Watching this actually made me wish Oliver Stone would had directed this. His style of film-making seemed far more suiting for the story and its main subject.

I can't really say that this is being a biopic of Che Guevara. The movie really doesn't give any insights concerning its main character and it certainly doesn't give him any background or clear motivations why he's so much involved with the Cuban revolution. The movie basically more or less assumes that the viewers already knows lots of things about the character and the Cuban revolution in general. In doesn't really ever go in depth with any of its things, which makes this a bit of a distant and less involving movie to watch.

This are basically the downsides of the movie, while the movie of course also has plenty of positive things to say about it in it. Fact remains that this is a well made movie, that is good looking, despite of its restrained budget.

I was also pleasantly surprised by Benicio Del Toro. Yes, I already knew he was a great actor but I never thought he would be capable of portraying a real life person, because he has such an unique and distinctive look of his own. But in this movie he simply turns easily into Che Guevara, without making it ever distracting.

Despite its flaws this movie is still good enough to keep me interested- and wanting me to see part two.

7/10

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