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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)



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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Gael García Bernal
as Ernesto `Che' Guevara
Rodrigo De la Serna
as Alberto Granado
Mia Maestro
as Chichina Ferreyra
Gustavo Bueno
as Dr. Hugo Pesce
Mercedes Morán
as Celia de la Serna
Jorge Chiarella
as Dr. Bresciani
Jean Pierre Noher
as Ernesto Guevara Lynch
Lucas Oro
as Roberto Guevara
Marina Glezer
as Celita Guevara
Sofia Bertolotto
as Ana Maria Guevara
Franco Solazzi
as Juan Martin Guevara
Sergio Boris
as Young Traveler
Daniel Kargieman
as Young Traveller
Diego Giorzi
as Rodolfo
Facundo Espinoza
as Tomas Granado
Natalia Lobo
as La Negra
Maida Andrenacci
as Chichina Friend
Bárbara Lombardo
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
Carlos Rivkin
as Horacio Ferreyra
Elvio Suarez
as Uncle Martin
Pablo Villarrazza
as Esteban Aguirre
Liliana Kolinsky
as Chichina's Mother
Guillermo Ojeda
as Man with Oxen Cart
Oscar Alegre
as Don Olate
Marta Lubos
as Schatzie 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
Cesar Lopez
as Fireman
Pablo Macaya
as Janitor
Erto Pantoja
as Mechanical
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
Cuti Aste
as Chipi Chipi Band Clarinet/Accordion
Robert Lindl
as Chipi Chipi Band Double Bass Player
Maria Beatriz Abele
as Zdneka Pesce
Jonathan Balbis
as Luis Pesce
Jorge Rodríguez Paz
as Peruvian from Canepa
Ernesto Cabrejos
as Card Player
Víctor Ángeles
as Card Player
Willy Gutierrez
as Card Player
Gerald Mayeux
as Card Player
Carolina Infante
as Sister Margarita
Nidia Bermejo
as Young Indian Nurse
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 (158) | Top Critics (46)

Walter Salles's well-observed movie downplays politics for humanism. It's a picturesque tale that, hobbled by its episodic structure, never achieves full steam.

March 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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

October 8, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

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 | Rating: B-

Quietly exhilarating, soulful and sincerely romantic.

October 8, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's about the gradual wakening into awareness, the graduation from carefree youth to responsible adulthood.

October 7, 2004 | Rating: B+

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

Super Reviewer

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