The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

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Critic Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto "Che" Guerva into a famous revolutionary.

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In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The tale follows their journey as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.
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R (for language)
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Drama
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Cast

Mia Maestro
as Chichina Ferreyra
Gael García Bernal
as Ernesto `Che' Guevara
Rodrigo De la Serna
as Alberto Granado
Mercedes Morán
as Celia de la Serna
Bárbara Lombardo
as Chichina Friend
Sergio Boris
as Young Traveler
Jean Pierre Noher
as Ernesto Guevara Lynch
Erto Pantoja
as Mechanical
Oscar Alegre
as Don Olate
Gustavo Bueno
as Dr. Hugo Pesce
Marina Glezer
as Celita Guevara
Jorge Chiarella
as Dr. Bresciani
Sofia Bertolotto
as Ana Maria Guevara
Cesar Lopez
as Fireman
Marta Lubos
as Schatzie Von Puttkamer
Víctor Ángeles
as Card Player
Jorge Rodríguez Paz
as Peruvian from Canepa
Pablo Macaya
as Janitor
Carolina Infante
as Sister Margarita
Carlos Rivkin
as Horacio Ferreyra
Cuti Aste
as Chipi Chipi Band Clarinet/Accordion
Lucas Oro
as Roberto Guevara
Franco Solazzi
as Juan Martin Guevara
Daniel Kargieman
as Young Traveller
Diego Giorzi
as Rodolfo
Facundo Espinoza
as Tomas Granado
Natalia Lobo
as La Negra
Maida Andrenacci
as Chichina Friend
Dana Frijoli
as Chichina Friend
Valeria Echevarria
as Chichina Friend
Ariel Prieto
as Chichina Friend
Matias Strafe
as Chichina Friend
Nicolas Watson
as Chichina Friend
Elvio Suarez
as Uncle Martin
Pablo Villarrazza
as Esteban Aguirre
Liliana Kolinsky
as Chichina's Mother
Guillermo Ojeda
as Man with Oxen Cart
Fernando Ignacio Llosa
as Von Puttkamer
Juan Maliqueo
as Araucano Father
Samuel Cifuentes
as Araucano Son
Constanza B. Majluf
as Chilean Sister
Evelyn Ibarra
as Chilean Sister
Fernando Farias
as Fire Chief
Rosa Curihuentro
as Old Woman
Vladimir Paredes
as Truck Driver
Vilma M. Verdejo
as Miner's Wife
Jaime Azucar
as Mine Foreman
Maria Esther Zamora
as Chipi Chipi Band Singer
"Pollito" Gonzalez
as Chipi Chipi Band Pianist
Jorge Lobos
as Chipi Chipi Band Percussionist/Trumpeter
Robert Lindl
as Chipi Chipi Band Double Bass Player
Maria Beatriz Abele
as Zdneka Pesce
Jonathan Balbis
as Luis Pesce
Ernesto Cabrejos
as Card Player
Willy Gutierrez
as Card Player
Gerald Mayeux
as Card Player
Delfina Paredes
as Mother Sister Alberto
Nemesio Reyes
as Leper from San Pablo
Hernan Herrera
as Leper from San Pablo
Igor Calvo
as Dr. Souza
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Critic Reviews for The Motorcycle Diaries

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (40)

A marvelous road picture and boys-become-men adventure, full of the best kind of idealism.

October 15, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A dull, unsatisfying experience -- as well as inconclusive.

October 8, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Well-acted, beautifully shot and broad and personal, The Motorcycle Diaries is nonetheless undermined in the end by a clunky search for meaning and depth that seems forced.

October 8, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

Quietly exhilarating, soulful and sincerely romantic.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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It's about the gradual wakening into awareness, the graduation from carefree youth to responsible adulthood.

October 7, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Whether you want to see The Motorcycle Diaries as entirely a personal story or as social and political allegory, it captures a far different and far more vulnerable Ernesto Guevara than the one we think we know.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for The Motorcycle Diaries

As a road trip film, it's stellar. As a historical insight into the events and psychological gear grinding that influenced the revolutionary leader known as Che Guevarra, it falters.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Whatever the intentions of its filmmakers what ultimately succeeds here is the opening of South America as more than simply a world party/nightclub stop as two young professionals put their promising lives on hold for a bit in order to sightsee their own unknown and surprisingly impoverished continent.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Motorcycle Diaries is a wonderful, heartfelt film about two Argentinians who decide to bike across South America from Buenos Aires, to Valpariso, and on to Machu Picchu and Caracas in Venezuela. Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna star in this beautifully photographed, profound film, but the film doesn't go into any details about Ernesto "Che" Guevara's life as the Cuban Revolutionary, and the story gets pretty scattered and it's sometimes hard to know where they are in the trip or how they got to where they are.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

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