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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez





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There was a genuine ballad behind The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, based on a real-life character. Cortez, a San Antonio cowpoke, was arrested in 1901 because he resembled the actual criminal. Unable to speak English, Cortez fights off the authorities, inadvertently killing a sheriff in the process. His subsequent life and death as a fugitive from the Texas Rangers forms the core of this independently produced project. Adapted from a novel by Americo Paredes, Ballad of Gregorio Cortez stars Edward James Olmos (who wrote some of the film's incidental music) in the title role. Originally produced for PBS' American Playhouse , the film was released to theatres in 1984.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Americo Paredes, Victor Villasenor, Robert M. Young
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Edward James Olmos
as Gregorio Cortez
James Gammon
as Sheriff Frank Fly
Tom Bower
as Boone Choate
Bruce McGill
as Bill Blakely
Alan Vint
as Sheriff Trimmell
Timothy Scott
as Sheriff Morris
Pepe Serna
as Romaldo Cortez
Brion James
as Capt. Rogers
Barry Corbin
as Abernethy
Rosanna de Soto
as Carolot Munoz
Michael McGuire
as Sheriff Glover
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Critic Reviews for The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

All Critics (2)

A subdued revisionist Western based on a Mexican ballad about a true story.

Full Review… | June 14, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For Director Young, the tragic poignancy derives from the fact that despite rich heritage the alien Anglo culture forced Gregorio to become an outsider and to speak a language that needed translation.

Full Review… | March 30, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez


This movie is alright. The book by Americo Paredes is better. This is about the many versions of what happened with Gregorio Cortez. The facts are not certain in the movie, but when you read Paredes' book you understand more of the truth. Gregorio Cortez was a real man living on the border, along the Rio Grande. He just so happened to go through an incident that would change his life forever. This takes place at the turn of the century during a time of discrimination. The problems arise all because of a little miscommunication.


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