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Viva Zapata! (1952)

aka Viva Zapata!

"A BANDIT WHO BECAME A LEGEND! Roaring Story of Mexico's Tiger on a White Horse!"

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Details: 113 mins · English, Deutsch


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Small Emiliano Zapata
Small Josefa
Small Eufemio Zapata
Small Fernanfo
Small Don Nacio
Small Pancho Villa
Small Soldadera
No_movie_poster Madero
No_movie_poster Pablo
Small Huerta
No_movie_poster General Fuentes
No_movie_poster Diaz
Small Col. Guarjarado


Small Elia Kazan Director
Small John Steinbeck Screenplay
Small Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
No_movie_poster Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Alex North Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Barbara McLean Editor
No_movie_poster Joseph MacDonald Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Barbara McLean Editing


"A BANDIT WHO BECAME A LEGEND! Roaring Story of Mexico's Tiger on a White Horse!"


Zapata (Marlon Brando) is part of a delegation sent to complain about injustices to corrupt longtime President Porfirio Díaz (Fay Roope), but Díaz condescendingly dismisses their concerns. As a result, Zapata is driven to open rebellion, along with his brother Eufemio (Anthony Quinn). He in the south and Pancho Villa (Alan Reed) in the north unite under the leadership of naive reformer Francisco Madero (Harold Gordon).

Díaz is finally toppled and Madero takes his place, but Zapata is dismayed to find that nothing is changed. The new regime is no less corrupt and self-serving than the one it replaced. His own brother sets himself up as a petty dictator, taking what he wants without regard for the law. The ineffectual but well-meaning Madero puts his trust in treacherous General Victoriano Huerta (Frank Silvera). Huerta first takes Madero captive and then has him murdered. Zapata himself is lured into an ambush and killed.

Zapata is depicted in the film as an incorruptible rebel leader. He is guided by his desire to return the land to the peasants, who have been robbed, while forsaking his personal interest. Steinbeck meditates in the film on power, military and political, which corrupts men.

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