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Evita (1996)



Critic Consensus: Evita sometimes strains to convince on a narrative level, but the soundtrack helps this fact-based musical achieve a measure of the epic grandeur to which it aspires.

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As told by the story-teller Che, Eva Peron was born Eva Duarte, the illegitimate daughter of a penniless farmer. Still a teenager, Eva attaches herself to a popular tango singer, Agustin Magaldi and accompanies him to the Big City: Buenos Aires. Ambitious to succeed, Eva becomes an aspiring radio and film actress, eventually moving into influential circles within Buenos Aires society. Once her name is linked with the rising politician Juan Peron, tongues begin to wag, but the couple marry and Peron is elected President with the inspirational Eva at his side. Eva establishes herself as an ardent supporter of Peronism and promotes her unique blend of democracy with her "Rainbow Tour" to Europe. Attracting attention like no other woman before or since, Eva Peron hypnotized a nation of eighteen million people for seven years before her untimely death at the age of 33 in 1952.

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as Eva Peron
Jonathan Pryce
as Juan Peron
Jimmy Nail
as Agustin Magaldi
Victoria Sus
as Dona Juana
Julian Littman
as Brother Juan
Servando Villamil
as Cipriano Reyes
Andrea Corr
as Peron's Mistress
Peter Polycarpou
as Domingo Mercante
Gary Brooker
as Juan Bramuglia
Mayte Yerro
as Julieta
Gabriel Kraisman
as Cinema Manager
Martin Drogo
as Young Juan
Venesa Weis
as Young Blanca
Aldana Garcia Soler
as Young Erminda
Domingo Chiofalo
as Chivilcoy Priest
Ismael Osorio
as Juan Duarte Sr.
Lidia Leonor Catalano
as Estela Grisolia
John Coverdale
as Junin Tango Band Member
Roderick Hart
as Junin Tango Band Member
Ian Hill
as Junin Tango Band Member
Rob Levy
as Junin Tango Band Member
Teddy Peiro
as Junin Tango Band Member
Joe Townsend
as Junin Tango Band Member
Mark Ryan
as Waiter in Junin Bar
Gordon Neville
as Waiter in Junin Bar
Frederick Warder
as Waiter in Junin Bar
Albin Pahernik
as Eva's Dance Partner
Luca Tommassini
as Eva's Dance Partner
Denis Tremblay
as Eva's Dance Partner
Eva Vari
as Senora Magaldi
Zsanett Farkas
as Magaldi Child
Sergio Lerer
as Theatre Producer
Mara Bestelli
as Starlet at Audition
Mónica Lairana
as Starlet at Audition
Laura Miller
as Starlet at Audition
Luis Alday
as Emilio Kartulowicz
Luis Boccia
as Senor Jabon
Vera Fogwill
as Zaz Jingle Singer
Bettina Menegazzo
as Zaz Jingle Singer/Starlet at Audition
Alfredo Martin
as Col. Anibal Imbert
Diego Leske
as Eva's Admirer
Francisco Napoli
as Eva's Admirer
Eduardo Ruderman
as Eva's Admirer
Fabian Stratas
as Eva's Admirer
David Henry
as President Rawson
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Critic Reviews for Evita

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

All in all, Evita is worth your time and money.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

It's just a sluggish, contradictory mess, a drably "realistic" Latin-revolution music video driven by a soundtrack of mediocre '70s rock.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C-

With one of the most dazzling screen chassis in years, Evita is definitely worth a look -- maybe even two. But don't look under the hood.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
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Evita allows the audience to identify with a heroine who achieves greatness by -- well, golly, by being who she is.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

After all the painstaking verisimilitude the movie neglects its characters. Evita the woman shrinks. It's the background we react to-especially the crowd, with its power to applaud or boo.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…

No matter how great all the constituent elements were, [it couldn't] survive the kind of stiff, wholly artificial and forced performance that Madonna gives.

April 27, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Evita


Even though the protagonist is a flawed, intriguing demagogue, this visually stunning but tiresome (and oversung) musical makes it hard for us to care, given how insufferable most of the songs are (except for two or three), like nearly everything made by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This film includes the largest amount of costume changes in history, so you already know it's lavish. Taking all the leather and lace away from this production, you're left with no plot, all music, and two hours of watching Madonna spiral into an abysmal performance. Eva Peron, Evita to her people, deserved a bit more of a bang for her buck.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Haha! Antonio Banderas' part was the best bit. I think his kind of phantom character/ narrator role was very good and witty. And I thought Madonna did a fantastic job, too bad she hasn't done that since with acting. With a more analytical look, I thought it interesting the two (technically) main characters were white, Madonna and Pryce. But in Madonna's defense, she can sing and dance really well and pulled off the look very well. The biggest thing that grated on me what the full on opera-style musical. And the fact it's and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical wears on the brain a bit. >_<

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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