A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

Director:

Carl Franklin

Writers:

Rudolfo Anaya (based on the novel by), Carl Franklin (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Ganalon ... Antonio
Miriam Colon ... Ultima
Benito Martinez ... Gabriel
Dolores Heredia ... Maria
Castulo Guerra ... Tenorio
Joaquín Cosio ... Narciso
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ... Uncle Pedro
Reko Moreno ... Uncle Lucas
Luis Bordonada ... Uncle Juan
Joseph Garcia ... Uncle Mateo (as Joseph A. Garcia)
James Victor ... Antonio's Grandfather
Raúl Castillo ... Andrew
Miguel Gomez ... Eugene (as Miguel Gómez)
Alex Cacho ... Leon (as Alejandro Cabrera)
Diego Miró ... Florence (as Diego Miró-Rivera)
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A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual references. | See all certifications »

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Author of the original novel Rudolfo Anaya was a frequent visitor to the set and was treated like royalty by cast and crew, because a majority of both were natives of New Mexico and grew up on the novel. See more »

Quotes

Antonio: Bless me, Ultima.
Ultima: I bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful.
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Mal Hombre
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Written by Lydia Mendoza
Performed by Lydia Mendoza
Published by San Antonio Music Publishers, Inc.
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A movie about growing up with the drama and love within the Mexican culture
8 October 2012 | by roy-rodriguez54See all my reviews

A touching, unpretentious story told by a man who reminisces about growing up in a Mexican/American family during the years of WWII in New Mexico. The story focuses on the culture that surrounded such families during that time and depicts the strong bonds that tied them to the land, religion and each other. We are shown small glimpses of how even in their remote part the United States, the war had touched them by taking away their sons to defend our country. The storyline mainly surrounds the accounts of this grown up man (Antonio) as he narrates his view of the world as a child and the huge desire he had to understand everything around him. It depicts the very close bond he forms with a new member of their family and how this person shows him the beauty that life has to offer. This new member is named Ultima and she is a healer (curandera) who cures with herbs and "magic". Ultima is taken in by his parents due to her having nobody else in the late stages of her life.

The story shows the importance that religion played in the Mexican culture and how the taboo of the unknown was shunned by most. Ultima's ability to heal people was not always seen by others as good and the accusations of her being a witch are part of the drama within the story. The toil of daily life and the importance of everyone working together during harvest time reveals the close ties that existed between families at that time. Overall, it is a story that shows how people can get strength from their experiences and grow from the wonders that surround them. If we embrace life and everything that happens, both good and evil, we can have an existence with richer fullness.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bless Me, Ultima See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$470,109, 24 February 2013

Gross USA:

$1,561,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,561,962
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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