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The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 17 July 1998 (USA)
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A young thief (Antonio Banderas), seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who also pursues vengeance of his own.

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Martin Campbell

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Johnston McCulley (character Zorro), Ted Elliott (story) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José María de Tavira ... Young Alejandro Murrieta (as Jose Maria de Tavira)
Diego Sieres Diego Sieres ... Young Joaquín Murrieta
Emiliano Guerra Emiliano Guerra ... Boy Crying
Yolanda Orizaga Yolanda Orizaga ... Woman Crying
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Undertaker
William Marquez William Marquez ... Fray Felipe
Stuart Wilson ... Don Rafael Montero
Tony Amendola ... Don Luiz
Anthony Hopkins ... Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro
Pedro Altamirano ... Squad Leader
Luisa Huertas Luisa Huertas ... Nanny
María Fernández Cruz María Fernández Cruz ... Baby Elena de la Vega (as Maria Fernandez Cruz)
Mónica Fernández Cruz Mónica Fernández Cruz ... Baby Elena de la Vega (as Monica Fernandez Cruz)
Julieta Rosen ... Esperanza de la Vega
Antonio Banderas ... Alejandro Murrieta / Zorro
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Storyline

In 1821 Old California--after humiliating once more the evil Spanish governor, Don Rafael Montero--the mysterious black-caped masked avenger of the oppressed, Don Diego de la Vega, or Zorro, finds himself incarcerated. With his only daughter raised by Don Rafael as his own, the grizzled swordsman makes a daring escape nearly two decades later, and takes under his wing the unrefined outlaw, Alejandro Murietta, to teach him the ropes and, hopefully, become the next Zorro. Now, the stage seems set for a ferocious final confrontation, as the new young rapier-wielder prepares to thwart the despicable governor's sinister plans. Can Alejandro live up to legendary Zorro's name? Written by Nick Riganas

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When freedom is a memory and justice is outlawed, the just must become outlaws. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of Zorro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,525,855, 19 July 1998

Gross USA:

$94,095,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,288,523
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, director Martin Campbell stated the training scene when Alejandro was doing elevated push-ups with Don Diego de la Vega's legs adding weight on his back and the candles at the base of his body for incentive to not collapse was directly inspired by a similar scene in an unspecified Jackie Chan movie, presumably Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978). Campbell later directed Chan in The Foreigner (2017). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Zorro throws his whip around an orange flag. When the camera cuts to a different angle to watch him swing, the flag is yellow. See more »

Quotes

Don Diego de la Vega: [When seeing his house on fire and trying to get out of the prison wagon] ELENA! ELENA! ELENA!
Don Diego de la Vega: [When seeing Rafael carrying his daughter] Let me hold her.
Don Diego de la Vega: [Rafael doesn't listen to him] LET ME HOLD HER! RAFAEL!
Don Rafael Montero: She has her mother's eyes.
[And walks away]
Don Diego de la Vega: RAFAEL, YOU'LL NEVER BE RID OF ME! RAFAEL!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens and closes with Zorro drawing his sword and slashing a Z on the screen. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Produced by Jim Steinman
Performed by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena
Tina Arena appears courtesy of Sony Music (Australia)
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Good entertainment!
6 June 2004 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Martin Campbell sure knows how to make entertaining movies. After making "No Escape" and "GoldenEye" he brings us yet another entertaining movie; "The Mask of Zorro". He actually used to be one of my favorite directors after seeing those movies I just named but unfortunately he hasn't made anything good lately. Let's hope this change after completing "Zorro 2" that is currently being made.

"The Mask of Zorro" is just some good old fashioned fun with lot's of spectacular moments, good choreographed fight sequences, a love story and a good old fashioned stereotype villain.

The story is told in a good way which I think is mainly thanks to Campbell's directing. The pace is high and the combination between the action, the characters and their relations, romance and some of the comical moments is done very well, unlike some other movies from the same genre.

There is some nice cinematography that help to create a good atmosphere along with the musical score from James Horner. The end fight is good and it has a spectacular big explosion in it that'll make you go; Wow!

Great entertainment for the whole family.

8/10

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