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Cabeza de Vaca (1991)





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With little dialog and exquisite, almost documentary-like images, Cabeza de Vaca offers a fascinating (if not mystical and at times just plain puzzling) foray back to early 16th-century America as it chronicles the exploits of the explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca as he spends eight years traversing the wild lands surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. The story itself is based on the book Naufragio, Cabeza de Vaca's personal account. Cabeza de Vaca was the ship's treasurer on an ill-fated expedition to America. Marooned on the densely jungled Florida coast he becomes the unwilling guest of the Iguase Indians (for added realism and to help audiences understand how Cabeza de Vaca felt, the Native speech is not translated). He is enslaved and much of the story centers on his coming to grips with his strange new life and the people around him. Eventually he is taken to a powerful Iguase shaman who teaches him the healing arts, skills he is able to put to amazing use during his amazing journey.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Nicolás Echevarría, Guillermo Sheridan
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On DVD: Jul 31, 2001
Concorde/New Horizons Home Video


Jose Flores
as Malacosa
Santiago Lopez Petit
as Indian Singer
Ramon Barragan
as Panfilo de Narvaez
Héctor Téllez
as Cart Driver
Juan Carlos Martínez
as Shipwrecked Man
Mayra Serbulo
as Iguase Lover
Alicia Sanchez
as Avavar Dancer
Josefina Echánove
as Anciana Avavar
Juan Diego
as Alvar Nunez Cabeza d...
Roberto Sosa
as Cascabel/Araino
Farnesio DeBernal
as Fray Suarez
Max Kerlow
as Hombre de la Armadur...
Óscar Yoldi
as Esquivel
Javier Escobar Villa...
as Young Iguase Indian
Victor Hugo Salcedo
as Iguese Chief
Jorge Santoyo
as Aide de Camp
Adyari Cházaro
as Dead Girl
José Manuel Poncelis
as Wounded Indian
Adriana Guzman
as Woman in Giants Vill...
Yvonne Leyton
as Woman in Giants Vill...
Santiago Carrillo
as Indian Singer
Alejandro Carrillo
as Indian Singer
Geraldo Martinez
as Avavar Guard
Abel Woolrich
as Shipwrecked Man
Gerardo Duran
as Shipwrecked Man
Alfredo Mejia Baron
as Shipwrecked Man
Alejandro Tamayo
as Shipwrecked Man
Antero Chavez
as Spanish Drummer
Jesús Magaña Vázquez
as Body in Spanish Ches...
Gerardo Sanchez
as Dweller in Floating ...
Sara Iliana Sanchez
as Dweller in Floating ...
Gisela I. Sanders
as Dweller in Floating ...
Dulce Maria Villarre...
as Dweller in Floating ...
Armando Flores
as Avavar Indian
Isreal Villa
as Avavar Dancer
Nayelli Zepeda
as Avavar Dancer
Juana Dorantes
as Avavar Dancer
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
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Actor Juan Diego falls into every ditch in Texas, moos at the sky, and gets bitten by angry critters. By the time the pic ends, we feel as if we've traveled every step of the way with him.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Cabeza de Vaca

This film chronicles the true story of Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer circa 1528 who was shipwrecked in Florida and was forced to live among the natives, where he slowly learned to respect their way of life. I?d been reading about this guy lately, and I decided to track down this fairly obscure movie at my library as it?s not available on DVD. It is a fairly gritty production, you can really just feel the suffering in the environment. The production values are competent, but not up to Hollywood standards. The acting is not great, the man playing de Vaca overacts? a lot. Still this is an interesting story, and while the movie isn?t a great work of art, it does what it sets out to do respectably well.


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