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Cesar Chavez (2014)

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


Diego Luna


Keir Pearson (screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Adra Kerry Adra ... American Lady
Maynor Alvarado ... Chato Chavez
Yancey Arias ... Gilbert Padilla
Wes Bentley ... Jerry Cohen
Sara Banerjee ... Concerned Mother #1
Jacob Vargas ... Richard Chavez
Liv Boughn Liv Boughn ... Concerned Mother #2
Darion Basco ... Larry Itliong
Lisa Brenner ... Jackie Stringer
Duncan Bridgeman Duncan Bridgeman ... Anchor
Aldo Ceceña Aldo Ceceña ... Chucho
Michael Cudlitz ... Sherriff Smith
Roger Cudney ... Grower
Rosario Dawson ... Dolores Huerta
America Ferrera ... Helen Chavez


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


Official Sites:

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USA | Mexico


English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cesar Chavez: An American Hero See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,861,528, 30 March 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,550,866, 4 May 2014
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cesar mentions Selma, in 1965 Martin Luther King Jr. who also did peaceful protest for black civil rights, Selma is also a town in Central California near Hanford and Lemoore See more »


Bogdanovich Junior: Dad, what should we do?
Bogdanovich Senior: I don't know, John. I'm not the one that went to college. I'm not the one with the Master's degree. I'm only the one who invested a lot of money in his only son, hoping that one day he'd be able to answer one simple question: "How do I not drive my father's business into the fucking ground?"
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #31.10 (2014) See more »


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Performed by The Murmaids
Written by L. Stuart (BMI)
Published by Brunswick Music Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Gravelpit Music
By Arrangement with Lee Silver Productions
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Cesar Chavez film reveals aspects of Mexican and Filipino History in the United States that should have been told decades ago
28 July 2014 | by iwillservemypeopleSee all my reviews

I was in awe when I viewed this movie. Finally a film that brought Cesar Chavez's story to life. I am from Phoenix, Arizona and often heard stories of Cesar Chavez. I even met some of his family members and supporters while working at Chicanos Por La Causa but still had no idea how much violence he and his party encountered. This film angered me and brought me tears on more than one occasion. I have viewed this film so far four times to take in all of it. This movie touched me and hit home since my mother is Filipino/Mexican-American. I did not expect to see Filipinos in this film at all. I had no idea that that they were part of the movement. To see the harsh treatment and environments that my ancestors encountered enraged me. I would have never known about these acts if I did not read about it in a book. Since I was not moved to read about Cesar Chavez I am glad that this film was made otherwise I would have no knowledge of this part of my history.Due to this movie I have more respect for Cesar Chavez and his supporters and their efforts. I also see why President Kennedy is known for being a great leader. He to was an intelligent and amazing man. I am a former Civil Rights Compliance Officer/Investigator for the Arizona Attorney General's Officer and marched in several Immigration and Dr. Martin Luther King Marches with a background in History, Ethnic Studies,and Law so I am thrilled that this movie brought Cesar Chavez,Mexican-Americans, Filipino-Americans plight in the United States story to life. It also demonstrates how powerful law, faith,community, knowledge, and unity is. Wonderful film looks like a lot of research was put into it. I am also happy that some of my favorite actresses are in it Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera. I love that another one of my favorite actors Donte Basco's brother Darion Basco starred in this film too. Excited to see actors of color becoming more visible in American Films. I learned so much by watching this film more power to the writers,entire cast, and crew. Job well done! I will most definitely be buying this DVD and also sending some as gifts to family members.

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