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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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No one has seen his face....but everyone....knows this mark. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

In past incarnations of Zorro in books, and on film, Don Alejandro was the name of the father of Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro). In this movie, Alejandro is the name of Zorro's young protégé and eventual successor. See more »

Goofs

Elena has a nylon zipper on her dress in the last scene. Zippers were not used in the 1840's and nylon was not used for this purpose until after WWII. See more »

Quotes

Don Rafael Montero: Do you recognize him?
Elena: No, but he was young and vigorous.
[pause]
Elena: He was very vigorous, father.
Don Rafael Montero: Vigorous?
Elena: [sighing deeply] Yes.
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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

References The Tick (1994) See more »

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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First-rate Entertainment
12 August 2005 | by movieratings03See all my reviews

THE MASK OF ZORRO ****1/2 Stunning, visually rich, and highly acclaimed motion picture that retells the story of the Masked Swordsman (Anthony Hopkins) serving the people of California by saving them from the devious plans and conspiracies the Spanish empire and trained forces carry out. Hopkins trains a new Zorro (properly portrayed by Antonio Benderas) to take his place and save California from a tasteless fate. What subsequently takes place is nothing short of first-rate entertainment. The film has delightful humour and well choreographed sword-on-sword sequences. The musical score by James Horner provides additional supportive elements to capture all of the film's diverse moments. Excellent direction by Martin Campbell. A must-see.


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