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Cesar Chavez (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 28 March 2014 (USA)
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A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Director:

Diego Luna

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA | Mexico

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Jerry Cohen: [during negotiations with Victore Representative] That was the most eloquent piss I've ever heard.
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #31.10 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Estoy perdido
Performed by Los Tres Ases
Composed by Víctor Manuel Mato Argumedo
Published by Promotora Hispano Americana de Música, S.A. de C.V. (PHAM)
Courtesy of Producciones Mexicanas Discográficas, S.A. de C.V.
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Excellent Biopic on an important Civil Rights and Labor Leader
15 March 2014 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Cesar Chavez was very warmly received during its North American Premiere at Austin's SXSW Film where it won one of the audience awards. Director Diego Luna has done an excellent job in bringing this important and often poorly understood civil right and labor leader to life for a new generation. Michael Pena delivers his best acting performance to date as he really seems to capture the essence of Chavez. The film is reminiscent of other films about leading social organizers such as Milk which is also set in California in about the same time period. The film focuses on the major events of his organizing including the boycott of grapes which eventually forced the grape growers to reach an agreement with the United Farm Workers (UFW). The film also emphasizes his dedication to the cause of non-violence and his efforts to work across ethnic lines. While all such films are imperfect vehicles for encapsulating an individual's life, I felt this one did solid job of capturing the spirit of Cesar Chavez. It also showed the difficulties his work caused for his family. I think this film could be very valuable as an educational tool for teaching young people about the legacy of Cesar Chavez. I hope that it is gains some popularity with mainstream audiences.


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