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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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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

When Che is outlining his conditions to the UN, one of the cutaways shows some soldiers crossing a muddy river. During the scene, a crew member in contemporary clothing can be seen standing on a grassy bank to the left of the frame. See more »

Quotes

[upon hearing that Batista has fled Cuba]
Ernesto Che Guevara: Nobody is going home on leave. We have only won the war. The revolution has just begun.
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Connections

Follows To the Victory at Last (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Fusil Contra Fusil
Written by Silvio Rodríguez
Arranged and Performed by Silvio Rodríguez
Courtesy of Silvio Rodríguez
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Atmospheric and well made but...
14 January 2009 | by jeremy-liebster-1See all my reviews

Nothing quite like getting your teeth into an epic is there? Sitting back and letting yourself get immersed into a struggle, a journey, in this case the Cuban revolution that has become such a cause celebre for many since the 1950s. By the time I left the cinema I sadly felt as though the epic had been squashed down into an easily swallowed period piece with all the epic grandeur of a Dan Brown novel. The problem with Che Part One is that it doesn't say anything particularly interesting or contain any memorable moments. There is lots and lots of shooting which is actually fairly sanitised (this is certainly no Saving Private Ryan), there is some mistreatment of people who are then avenged and there are lots of shots of Benicio del Toro looking quite idealistic and cool.

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing specifically wrong with this film. It portrays a fairly accurate (if, as I said, sanitised) picture of the March on Santa Clara and the victory of Castro's rebels. However much in the same way as the kind of perpetually running museum film that you can dip in and out of it is largely uninspiring and leaves you feeling quite detached. The problem is not the direction or the acting which does manage to transport you into the heart of a Civil War ravaged Cuba. It is the fact that we learn next to nothing about Cuba, Che himself or the goals of the revolutionaries. We learn nothing of why the Batista regime was so bad that people wanted to overthrow it. Which means that this simply stands alone as a war film where there are lots of explosions, lots of running around and some scenes of people celebrating in the streets. While I understand from reports that Che Part Two is rather different I think that nevertheless the slight blandness of Che Part One means that, though it looks good, it does feel like a rather wasted opportunity.


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Country:

France | Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Argentine See more »

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:

$748,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,209,066
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2.39 : 1
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