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The Legend of Zorro

  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Martin Campbell
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

The masked hero investigates a mysterious explosion linked to a French count, who is plotting to prevent California joining the United States - and discovers his wife, who walked out on their marriage when he refused to hang up his sword, is somehow involved. Swashbuckling adventure sequel, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Alberto Reyes and Adrian Alonso.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones return for this playful sequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro. The action, once again directed by Martin Campbell, is set in 1850, with the pair now married and parents to a ten-year-old boy (an irritating Adrian Alonso). It's far more tongue-in-cheek than its Saturday matinée-style predecessor, tinkering with US history as Zorro swoops in to help the people of California who are being prevented from becoming the 31st state of the union by a mysterious medieval organisation. However, Zorro's exploits cause a domestic crisis, resulting in his wife divorcing him. The caped hero's drunken mooching that follows is tediously wasteful, slowing the pace and diluting the excitement generated during the spirited opening scenes. But even when the action resumes, it's undermined by too much cheesy slapstick. Consequently, while the film is colourful and entertaining, it's not quite the relentless swashbuckler it should be.

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Credits

Cast

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Don Alejandro de la Vega / ZorroAntonio Banderas
Elena de la VegaCatherine Zeta-Jones
ArmandRufus Sewell
Fray FelipeJulio Oscar Mechoso
JoaquinAdrian Alonso
Jacob McGivensNick Chinlund
Governor Don PedroPedro Armendáriz Jr
FerroqRaúl Méndez
BlancaGiovanna Zacarias
HarriganMichael Emerson
Governor's wifeMary Crosby
Colonel BeauregardLeo Burmester

Crew

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DirectorMartin Campbell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2005-10-28
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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