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The Legend of Zorro

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

Summary

Swashbuckling adventure, a sequel to The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. America, 1850: as the territory of California seeks to become part of the Union, plans are undermined by a nefarious plot initiated by a mysterious organisation. But when masked hero Zorro swings into action to help, his wife, Elena, accuses him of neglecting her and their young son.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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