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The Mask of Zorro (1998)



Critic Consensus: 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

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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 (75) | Top Critics (17)

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

March 26, 2009

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.

June 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.

December 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.

February 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.

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

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08/01/2011 (TELEVISION) Some light fun! Initially this was in my "Not Interested" list and it happened to be the afternoon flick on TV which I couldn't be bothered to change since I don't have a remote. I allowed myself to somehow find some kindling in this story to take my mind of the stressing that was eating me that day and I'm so glad I did. I manage to enjoy the film and feel a little better. It's a fun plot, the type which I don't mind seeing in different forms. It's well balanced according to my liking and I can watch this again. Cool characters and a cool story. I've probably seen this story many times like this but this really did a nice job with it and with a decent cast. I really liked the humor that's timed nicely through out the adventure with a crazy-cool romance thing happening as secrets are being spilled. It's 1998 so I do appreciate the action for it's time and I thought the fighting sequences was pretty good. It did a good job of distracting me from what was bothering me so it's a winner for me! A great decision if you got spare time to waste or a nice choice for indecisiveness.

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

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This is such a beautiful interpretation of a long absent hero. I remember loving the Disney version when I was little and this was such an exciting moment. Bringing back the character in a way that pays homage to the original incarnation, but also creating a new story is the best way to go about it. Anthony Hopkins does a great job of brining back Don Diego de la Vega from cinematic death and making him just as charming and undeniably cool. Even when he plays the older version of the character, it's obvious how powerful his performance is. However, it really is Antonio Banderas' performance as the new Zorro, Alejandro Murrieta, that steals the show and makes you truly feel the weight of the legendary character. His approach is so much fun to watch. Martin Campbell sure makes an effort to have Zorro appear larger than life. I don't think I've ever seen such a large scale accompanying the character. He gives us ridiculously cool action sequences, amazing sets and a realistic backdrop of California in the 1800s. This also pits Zorro against two extremely evil villains that make for a lot of intensity. Having a cannibalistic blonde-haired goon is just a taste of the dynamite characters. I remember being completely blown away as a nine-year-old in the theater and it still sort've has the same effect all these years later.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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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 roy
Alex roy

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