A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.


Diego Luna


Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay by), Keir Pearson (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Ardra ... American Lady (as Kerry Adra)
Maynor Alvarado ... Chato Chavez
Yancey Arias ... Gilbert Padilla
Wes Bentley ... Jerry Cohen
Sara Banerjee ... Concerned Mother #1 (as Sarah Banerjee)
Liv Boughn Liv Boughn ... Concerned Mother #2
Darion Basco ... Larry Itlong
Lisa Brenner ... Jackie Stringer
Duncan Bridgeman Duncan Bridgeman ... Anchor
Aldo Ceceña Aldo Ceceña ... Chucho
Michael Cudlitz ... Sheriff Smith
Roger Cudney ... Grower
Rosario Dawson ... Dolores Huerta
America Ferrera ... Helen Chavez
Rodolfo Figueroa Rodolfo Figueroa ... Mexican Farmer


Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world. Written by Pantelion Films

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History is made one step at a time. See more »


Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Reunites Michael Peña and Yancey Arias who co-starred in the TV movie Walkout (2006). See more »


Cesar Chavez: [on air, to BBC1 Radio host] Once social change begins, it can't be reversed. You can't uneducate someone who's learned how to read. You can't humiliate someone who has pride. And you can't oppress someone who is not afraid anymore.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #31.10 (2014) See more »


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Movie in documentary format.
31 March 2014 | by larry-962-91121See all my reviews

Having just seen the movie and having met the man many years ago,I can say that the film was better than most of the reviews I have read. This was a very humble man that saw an injustice and corrected it. He didn't line his own pockets like most Union Leaders have. I would have preferred to see more of his upbringing so that we know who influenced him the most. Nonetheless, this film (docudrama) should be required viewing in public schools throughout California and other states where farm workers supply our nation and the world with much of our produce. A must see movie if you want to understand what the migrant workers were up against in the 60's and 70's.

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Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sonora, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,861,528, 30 March 2014

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2.35 : 1
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