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The Liberator (2013)

Libertador (original title)
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Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.

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Credited cast:
... Simon Bolivar (as Édgar Ramírez)
... Antonio Jose de Sucre
... Maria Teresa Bolivar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Manuela Sáenz
Mercedes Arbizu ... Paris Market Vendor
... Juan Domingo de Monteverde
Leandro Arvelo ... Fernando
Marta Benvenuty ... Voice Over (as Marta García de Polavieja)
Jon Bermúdez ... Spanish officer
... Soldado irlandes
Ángel Caballero ... Spanish Soldier
... Simón Rodriguez
... Urdaneta
Marcelo Galván ... Extra
... Messenger (as Jesus Guevara)
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Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.

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What kind of man would defy an Empire?


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24 July 2014 (Venezuela)  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,992, 3 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$113,067, 10 October 2014
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Official submission of Venezuela to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. Made the shortlist of 9 films. See more »

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Simón Rodriguez: I feel sorry for you, Simon. You're so poor that the only thing you have is money.
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Not all was bad
24 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Although I've heard this movie was around about a year ago, I didn't give it a try until I read somewhere that it was nominated for an Oscar in foreign film category so, I thought that it might worth the time. Well, not so much. Let's beging by saying that the casting of the main character just failed to convince in every possible way. Any one who had ever seen a portrait of Simon Bolivar can appreciate that. The actor looks are way too caribbean for a man who supposedly was born from European anscestors, father and mother both spaniards. The actor matches none of the physical features attributed to the historical figure who was 5 feet tall and weighted around 60 pounds. Watching Reamirez play Bolivar is like watching Adam Sandler playing Bonaparte. You just can't get pass the fact that you are watching a guy who's attempting to play somebody else. The same also happens with other key characters in the plot. On top of that, the acting is quite stiff. Most of the actors, including and specially Ramirez, seem to be reciting the lines in a school play, just rushing through the words without investing any emotions. Being Bolivar the great thinker as history claims he was, it is amusing to notice that the script does not conveys that eloquence and sometimes the dialogs don't even make sense, except for the very few moments in which is obvious the lines are extracted verbatim from historical research and those words result inspiring in their own right and not because the actor manages to awaken the emotions of the spectator. On the technical aspects, I like the photography and scenography; vestuary was nice too, and the effects in general are satisfaying enough. In short, I think you need to be south American and more particularly, a venezuelan national to overlook its many flaws and to watch this film with tender eyes, which is regretful as Bolivar is one of the greatest figures in universal history whose thoughts and actions changed the course of an entire continent and had a huge impact on others. A life story that definitely deserves to be told and known in a more dignified way.


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