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
The mask Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas) puts on, just before he steals the horse, was made from the same scarf he had earlier unwrapped from the horse's front leg. See more »
Captain Love is wearing sky blue trousers, which were not adopted until the Civil War in 1861 and ENLISTED shoulder scales, not officer's epaulets. See more »
Don Diego de la Vega:
[telling a story to his baby daughter]
And suddenly lightning flashed and a mighty thunder shook the wasted land, and the evil king glared at the good prince and said...
[sees Esperanza watching him]
Don Diego de la Vega:
... something very forgettable.
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The film opens and closes with Zorro drawing his sword and slashing a Z on the screen. See more »
This movie had just a couple of things I would have changed but the overwhelming minutes of this 137-minute movie were well done: a nice old- fashioned adventure story.
Yes, it's hokey in spots, there is a needless irreverent scene in the confessional and the final action scene goes on too long, but all of that is almost standard fare in today's films. Anyway, the "good" in this film far outweighs the "bad."
Some of the "good" is beautiful cinematography featuring bold colors; good action scenes; very little profanity; interesting and somewhat likable lead characters (played by Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Bandaras and Catherine Zeta- Jones), a fun story and very good 5.1surround sound.
Zeta-Jones was a brand new "face" with this movie and she's never looked better. Hopkins, as usual, is the best character as the older "Zorro" who teaches the young one (Bandaras). Some of the action scenes are almost cartoon-like in credibility (Bandaras doing flips while riding two horses at once!) but they are fun.
The story is a familiar one that seems to always satisfy people: revenge.
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