The Legend of Zorro

October 28th, 2005


The Legend of Zorro

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Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.8/10 (31,984 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Martin Campbell

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell

The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De LaVega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there's more to Armand than meets the eye, and our hero is intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well.

Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Alberto Reyes - Brother Ignacio
Julio Oscar Mechoso - Frey Felipe
Gustavo Sánchez Parra - Guillermo Cortez
Adrian Alonso - Joaquin de la Vega
Nick Chinlund - Jacob McGivens
Giovanna Zacarías - Blanca Cortez (as Giovanna Zacarias)
Carlos Cobos - Tabulador
Antonio Banderas - Don Alejandro de la Vega / Zorro
Michael Emerson - Harrigan
Shuler Hensley - Pike
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. - Governor Riley (as Pedro Armendariz)
Mary Crosby - Governor's Wife
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Elena de la Vega
Mauricio Bonet - Don Verdugo
Fernando Becerril - Don Diaz

Taglines: This Fall, adventure begins with a Z.


Official Website: Columbia Tristar [France] | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 28 October 2005

Filming Locations: Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: CZK 1,202,564 (Czech Republic) (27 October 2005) (18 Screens)

Gross: $74,000,000 (Worldwide) (13 November 2005) (except USA)

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Did You Know?

Adrian Alonso, who plays Joaquín, did not know English, so he learned all his lines phonetically, just as Antonio Banderas did for The Mambo Kings.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Armand challenges Alejandro to play polo "as they do in Slovenia," which he calls "a country." Slovenia was an Austrian imperial province in 1850, and did not become a country until 1991.

Frey Felipe: Maybe you shouldn't drink so much on an empty stomach.
Zorro: Maybe you should wear lipstick if you're gonna act like my mother.

User Review

The Legend of Zorro - Don't Compare It To The First One

Rating: 7/10

We saw "The Legend of Zorro" at our local theater tonight, long-anticipating a sequel to a wonderful film featuring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. While hoping it would follow suit with the first film, we were committed to going in with open minds.

Simply, the film does not match the robustness, passion or provocative nature of the first film. That does NOT mean it is a bad film - just different.

Strengths of the movie include admirable performing by the Alejandro and Elena stars. Clearly, their on-screen match-up was a great renewal. It was good to see them together again, though there was far less chemistry than they enjoyed in the first film.

The stunt work was fairly good, though some was a bit over-the-top and not particularly believable. All in all, though, it added a bit to the overall story.

The most disappointing aspects of the movie were select portions of the scripting and casting. For example, young Joaquin speaks in 2005 language - 150 years too early. Those creating the script should have restrained themselves, and used a bit more time to research the language of the era being portrayed in the story.

As to scripting: unless my eyes deceived me, one of the padres in the film (actually, Joaquin's teacher) appeared to be one of the Dons from the first film. I am unsure why this would have been a choice by the casting folks - and further unsure why it would be approved by the producer or the director.

Finally, the film seemed to drag out a bit - didn't need to be >2 hours long, in my estimation.

With all of this said, it is worth seeing. Just don't expect the blockbuster film that was the first "Zorro!"


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