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Zapata - El sueño del héroe (2004)

A look at the life of Mexican Revolution Hero Emiliano Zapata.


Alfonso Arau


Alfonso Arau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Fernández Alejandro Fernández ... Emiliano Zapata
Lucero ... Esperanza
Patricia Velasquez ... Josefa
Jesús Ochoa ... Victoriano Huerta
Jaime Camil ... Eufemio Zapata
Soledad Ruiz Soledad Ruiz ... Juana Lucia
Arturo Beristáin Arturo Beristáin ... González
Julio Bracho ... Guajardo
Alberto Estrella ... Martínez
José Luis Cruz José Luis Cruz
Ángeles Cruz Ángeles Cruz
Evangelina Sosa ... Azucena
Angélica Aragón ... Mesera 1
Carmen Salinas ... Mesera 2
Blanca Tenario Blanca Tenario ... Mesera 3
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A look at the life of Mexican Revolution Hero Emiliano Zapata.

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beautiful cinematography, sets, people; bad chopping and CGFX

After so many negative comments, I didn't expect much from Arau´s Zapata besides beautiful cinematography. I went to see it with the curiosity to see why it generates so much criticism.

I was surprised that I liked and enjoyed parts of the movie. I disagree with the people that say it was a waste of time, I didn't think that it was the worst movie I have seen (like some others in imdb comments have said) - there are so many movies worse than this one in México. Jaime Camil was interesting as Eufemio, maybe a little more than Alejandro Fernandez as Emiliano, but I don't think that was all his fault. Jesus Ochoa was good as Huerta, but I think the villain is usually interesting and stands out in movies any ways. I think the script could have been more interesting but it seemed that the film was badly chopped and jumped from one scene to the next in the first half in particular, like we didn't really see what it was supposed to be. Some of the special effects were fine, the explosions and rain of petals was interesting but the CG in some cases were disappointing, for the chamana and the final of the film were from twenty years ago or more.

Maybe it was good that I saw it with low expectations - overall I liked it more than I thought I would but I would have liked to see more depth and explanation. As a mexican I understand what it was planned to be about, I wanted it to be good, to explain about our hero and I liked the mystical idea but some things were missing that I thought could have made it better. Now that I have seen the movie, I wish they would go back and fix it, make a better edition, add some flavor. It was like going to a dinner where the food looks so good but doesn't satisfy you. I hope someone makes a better one.

I know some persons will say nothing can help the film and don't like it anyway. Other people in the theater with me said they like most of the film, but didn't like the poor visual quality of the ending scene.

I don't blame the actors or crew, but the director or editors under his direction I imagine or whoever damaged a good idea. I think a good director should see the obvious faults in the film and fix them before it is released.

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Spanish | Nahuatl

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (Mexico) See more »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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