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The Mask of Zorro (1998)

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

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.

Director: Martin Campbell

Writers: Johnston McCulley (character Zorro), Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, John Eskow, Randall Jahnson

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher, Tony Amendola, Julieta Rosen

►Cast:

José María de TaviraYoung Alejandro Murrieta
Diego SieresYoung Joaquín Murrieta
Emiliano GuerraBoy Crying
Yolanda OrizagaWoman Crying
Paco MoraytaUndertaker
William MarquezFray Felipe
Stuart WilsonDon Rafael Montero
Tony AmendolaDon Luiz
Anthony HopkinsDon Diego de la Vega / Zorro
Pedro AltamiranoSquad Leader
Luisa HuertasNanny
María Fernández CruzBaby Elena de la Vega
Mónica Fernández CruzBaby Elena de la Vega
Julieta RosenEsperanza de la Vega
Antonio BanderasAlejandro Murrieta / Zorro
Raúl MartínezHeavyset Lieutenant
Victor RiversJoaquín Murrieta
L.Q. JonesThree-Fingered Jack
José PérezCpl. Armando Garcia
Tony CabralSoldier Holding ‘Wanted’ Poster
Tony GenaroWatering Station Owner
Iván RafaelSmall Boy at Watering Station
David VillalpandoStupid Soldier
Matt LetscherCapt. Harrison Love
Maury ChaykinPrison Warden
Paul GanusPrison Guard
Sergio EspinozaLeper Zorro
Conrad RobertsBlack Zorro
Abel WoolrichAncient Zorro
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.Don Pedro
Moisés SuárezDon Héctor
Humberto ElizondoDon Julio
Fernando BecerrilOne of the Six Dons
Alberto CarreraOne of the Six Dons
Eduardo LópezOne of the Six Dons
Gonzalo LoraOne of the Six Dons
Rudy MillerOne of the Six Dons
Manolo PastorOne of the Six Dons
Diego SandovalPadre at the Beach
Catherine Zeta-JonesElena
Enrike PalmaBartender
Erika CarlssonDon Pedro’s Wife
Manuel de Jesús Vásquez MoralesGuitar-Playing Soldier
Óscar Zerafín GonzálezGiant Soldier
Vanessa BaucheIndian Girl
Kelsie Kimberli GarciaBaby Joaquín
Kaylissa Keli GarciaBaby Joaquín
JD RobertoFiring Squad Drummer
Eduardo RomanGuard at Goldmine
Taso N. StavrakisFiring Squad Soldier #1

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