The Mask of Zorro

1998

The Mask of Zorro

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Banderas returns as an aging Zorro in this surprisingly nimble, entertaining swashbuckler.

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Director Martin Campbell, well-known to the action arena after 1995's GoldenEye, teams up with executive producer Steven Spielberg to bring the first Hollywood production of creator Johnston McCulley's Zorro in over four decades to the big screen. With scenic 18th century Mexico as a backdrop, Anthony Hopkins plays the original Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de la Vega, intent on revenge after rival enemy Don Raphael Montero (Stuart Wilson) murdered his wife and took his daughter, Elena. After being imprisoned for 20 years, the fabled hero removes his mask and takes on a tarnished young apprentice, Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas), to infiltrate Montero's plan to take control of California from Santa Anna. A boisterous outlaw with his own desire for revenge, Murieta works with Diego to avenge his brother's death by the sword of Montero's right-hand man, Captain Harrison Love (Matt Letscher, in his big screen debut). After Diego's extensive training in swordfighting, discipline and manners, a new Zorro appears wreaking vengeance and stealing the heart of a now-grown Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones). A sizable summer hit, the film served as Zeta-Jones' stepping stone to leading lady status as the high-spirited heroine. ~ Rachel Koetje, Rovi

Cast

Antonio Banderas
as Alejandro/Zorro
Anthony Hopkins
as Don Diego
Matt Letscher
as Capt. Love
L.Q. Jones
as Three-Fingered Jack
Maury Chaykin
as Prison Warden
Tony Amendola
as Don Luiz
Jose Perez
as Armando Garcia
William Marquez
as Fray Felipe
Victor Rivers
as Joaquin Murrieta
Julieta Rosen
as Esperanza
Moises Suarez
as Don Hector
Erika Carlson
as Don Pedro's Wife
José María de Tavira
as Young Alejandro Murrieta
Diego Sieres
as Young Joaquin Murrieta
Emiliano Guerra
as Boy Crying
Yolanda Orizaga
as Woman Crying
Paco Morayta
as Undertaker
Pedro Altamirano
as Squad Leader
Raul Martinez
as Heavyset Lieutenant
Tony Cabral
as Soldier Holding `Wanted' Poster
Tony Genaro
as Watering Station Owner
Ivan Rafael
as Small Boy at Watering Station
David Villalpando
as Stupid Soldier
Paul Ganus
as Prison Guard
Sergio Espinosa
as Leper Zorro
Conrad Roberts
as Black Zorro
Abel Woolrich
as Ancient Zorro
Fernando Becerril
as One of the Six Dons
Alberto Carrera
as One of the Six Dons
Eduardo López
as One of the Six Dons
Gonzalo Lora
as One of the Six Dons
Rudy Miller
as One of the Six Dons
Manolo Pastor
as One of the Six Dons
Diego Sandoval
as Padre at the Beach
Enrike Palma
as Bartender
Manuel de Jesus Vasquez Morales
as Guitar-Playing Soldier
Vanessa Bauche
as Indian Girl
Maria Fernandez Cruz
as Baby Elena de la Vega
Monica Fernandez Cruz
as Baby Elena de la Vega
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Critic Reviews for The Mask of Zorro

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (13)

  • The Mask of Zorro stands as a pointed riposte to those who say they don't make 'em like that anymore.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The story is not important. The clash of swords, the leaps, the tumbles -- it's all very nice. But after 136 minutes, it becomes a bit much.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There are no clever ground-breaking effects, just lashings of good clean fun with desperately devilish baddies, and good guys so fantastic, so clever and witty, that they make you want to weep with pleasure.

    Dec 10, 2001 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Banderas and Hopkins prove that there's life in the Z-boy yet, but by leaving in the dull patches, the filmmakers may find audiences catching zzzzzs in ways they never intended.

    May 11, 2001
  • A lively, old-fashioned adventure yarn with just a twist of modern attitude, it's the kind of pleasant entertainment that allows the paying customers to have as much fun as the people on screen.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Mask of Zorro has something you don't often see in modern action pictures: a sense of honor.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mask of Zorro

  • Jul 13, 2011
    great remake with the action delivering. little long but never boring
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    Entertaining and dashing, The Mask Of Zorro is a superb action film. Antonio Banderas gives the greatest performance of his career as Zorro. A thrilling action packed film, The Mask Of Zorro is a superbly crafted action film that is entertaining and thrilling throughout. The film is never boring and delivers terrific action. The acting is terrific as well, and the cast alongside Banderas is great. Anthony Hopkins stars as the original Zorro who takes an apprentice under his wing to exact revenge on the man who imprisioned him and took away his daughter.I have to admit, I never really was a big fan of the Zorro character, but after seeing this film I was blown away. The best way to describe this film is an action packed period piece. The story is engaging enough to keep the viewer entertained and thrilled. I viewed this film quit a few times since its initial release and it doesn't seem dated one bit. The film is just as good now as it was when first released. The Mask Of Zorro remains Antonio Banderas' best performance and he give his all on screen. He is the perfect choice to play Zorro. The film may be uneven, but it succeeds on many levels. A highly entertaining action packed adventure that hits the right notes. Even if it has imperfections, there are more high points than low points. An entertaining film that actually makes Zorro an interesting action hero again.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2011
    "The Mask of Zorro" has always been, and always will be, one of my favorite movies. I watched it again on Easter Sunday for the first time in a while and it wasn't as fun as I remembered it to be. Well, I picked the right time to review this since a new version of Zorro is in the offing and one of the film's stars, Anthony Hopkins, will be seen in "Thor" next week. The film is set in the 1800s when Mexico was under Spanish rule and Mexicans were colonizing California. When the Spainsh push the Mexican's buttons too much, one man takes care of it: Zorro. He's got the black mask, cape, gets around in a black horse, his hifeout is a cave, go ahead and call him the Mexican Batman. After Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) witnesses the murder of his wife and kidnapping of his daughter, he becomes depressed and hangs up the Zorro suit for good. But when he comes across Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a man who wants to avenge the death of his brother, Mr. Hopkins gives him the mask and cape to avenge the death of his brother held responsible from a merciless general. "Zorro" moves at a good pace and features plenty of action. If you were to mix the superhero genre with a swashbuckler, you get "The Mask of Zorro". The film features entertaining performances from the main and supporting cast, perfect production design and shooting style, and delivers barrel loads of fun. This'll probably be the only time you will see Hannibal Lecter, or Odin, with a tan and a Hispanic accent. Anthony Hopkins plays a good Mexican. He also adds emotion into it since his character has been throught some tough times. But don't expect a lot of emotion, this film is not a tearjerker. Antonio Banderas will always be Zorro in my book. He sly, witty, and the characters fits him excellently. Zorro's personality is similar to that of Batman but has the wit and charisma of Spider-Man. And by sly and witty, I mean sly and witty. Put the word, "zorro", on Google Translate, set it to English from Spanish, and you'll never believe what you'll get! I love Catherine Zeta-Jones in this. And I mean "love" in two ways: her acting and her looks. She had a very good character that had excellent chemistry. I seem to enjoy the swashbuckler genre because of the dialogue found in most of the films. They have very witty dialogue that I would've never came up with him. They criticize each other in a sword fight and the hero comes up with a very sassy comeback. In "The Mask of Zorro" features a lot of sassy, witty dialogue from, if I'm correct, all the characters. Very well scripted. Great acting and action and fun dialogue, "The Mask of Zorro" is a swashbuckler classic IMO. Don't get me started on the sequel, folks. Thanks for reading! Leave clean comments below. "You are like your mother. Same eyes, same mouth, same spirit."
    Bentley L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2011
    Antonio Banderas + Catherine Zeta-Jones is always WIN :D
    Andreia C Super Reviewer

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