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THE LEGEND OF ZORRO

 
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At Theaters: 10/28/2005 On Video: 1/31/2006
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449986
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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After fighting to help California become the 31st state of the Union, Zorro must live up to the promise he made his wife Elena - to give up his secret identity and live a normal life as Alejandro de la Vega. When he hesitates, it threatens to tear them apart. Now, the same forces that conspired to keep California from becoming part of the United States are plotting to unleash a threat that has been 500 years in the making, a threat that could change the course of history forever And only Zorro can stop it.
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Action Adventure Drama - Very similar to the original "Zorro" movie. High adventure, lots of fast paced action and the same fun humor.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Antonio Banderas SHREK 2, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
Catherine Zeta-Jones OCEANS 12, THE TERMINAL, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
Rufus Sewell EXTREME OPS, A KNIGHT'S TALE, DANGEROUS BEAUTY
Nick Chinlund THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
Adrian Alonso INNOCENT VOICES
Director: Martin Campbell BEYOND BORDERS, VERTICAL LIMIT, THE MASK OF ZORRO
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: There are 6 mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Shootings, swordfights, fist fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Mild alcohol and tobacco use. Zorro shown drunk once.
ACTION: Many swordfights and chases.
COMEDY: Some humorous comments. About a dozen chuckles and a dozen smiles.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Zorro has a distinguished history, dating back to 1919. It's unfortunate that the latest installment of his saga makes him look like a relic who's ready for retirement.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average 'The Legend of Zorro' commits a lot of movie sins, but one is mortal: It turns the magnificent Elena into a nag.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Though there's worse entertainment around, there may be more people rabid for the return of Prohibition than for a Zorro sequel seven years after the fact. To this end, Sony has hedged its bets with a PG movie geared more to kids than to true adventure.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 167 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
17
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
10
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
34
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
24
Very High
96%
30+Adults (M)
37
Very High
97%
30+Adults (F)
36
Very High
94%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 167 moviegoer opinions. These certainly don't look like average to below average opinions to me, but that's what "professional" movie critics are rating this movie. To me it looks like MOVIEGOERS LOVED "THE LEGEND OF ZORRO"! Over half rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic" and most of the remaining ones rated it "Very Good." These are very high opinions. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "THE LEGEND OF ZORRO" TO EVERYONE. DON'T MISS IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The year is 1850. The territory of California is seeking to become the 31st state of the union, but certain unscrupulous individuals, members of a mysterious medieval organization, are determined to prevent this event from transpiring.

Once again the masked hero, Zorro, must come to the aid of the people of California so they can become citizens of the United States of America.

At the same time, a corrupt robber baron McGivens (NICK CHINLUND) is intimidating the law-abiding residents of California, seizing their land and threatening their livelihoods.

Again, only Zorro can stop him.

Don Alejandro de la Vega (ANTONIO BANDERAS), who inherited the mask of Zorro, is now married to Elena (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES). They have a 10-year-old son, Joaquin (ADRIAN ALONSO). The boy misses his father, who is rarely at home. And when he is, Joaquin finds himself wishing that Don Alejandro behaved more like his idealized hero Zorro — having no idea that the two men are the same person.

Meanwhile, Elena forces Alejandro to choose between his family and his crusading alter ego. When an unexpected crisis forces Alejandro to once again don the mask of Zorro, Elena feels betrayed and kicks him out of the house. Soon after, she serves him with divorce papers.

When a former schoolmate of Elena's, the French aristocrat Armand (RUFUS SEWELL), moves to California to start a winery, he is thrilled to discover that Elena has separated from her husband. He immediately begins to woo her, while at the same time attending to his duties as the head of the Knights Of Aragon, a secret ancient fraternity. Don Alejandro now finds himself caught in a dilemma between his obligation to serve the oppressed and threatened people of California and his responsibilities as husband and father.

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