The Legend of ZorroDirector: Martin Campbell
The legendary Mexican hero returns to the screen in this swashbuckling sequel to the 1998 box-office hit The Mask of Zorro. It's 1850, and the people of California, eager to improve their difficult lot in life, have launched a campaign to become part of the United States. Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) has become aware of a plot by moneyed Europeans to block the campaign for statehood through nefarious means, and it looks as if Alejandro's heroic alter ego, Zorro, may have to return to duty. However, Alejandro's wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), has grown weary of his secret life, and she demands that he choose between his family and his clandestine career as a champion of the people. This leads to a rift between Alejandro and Elena, and the couple separates, with Alejandro moving out while Elena continues to care for their son, Joaquin (Adrian Alonso). A few months later, Alejandro finds that Elena is already being wooed by Armand (Rufus Sewell), a suave French nobleman who wants her hand in marriage. However, Alejandro also learns that Armand is actually part of a plot to prevent California from attaining statehood by tampering with an upcoming election; meanwhile, there may be more to Elena's involvement with Armand than romantic courtship. Zorro must come to the rescue of the people of California and perhaps his beloved Elena as well before they both fall into dangerous hands. The Legend of Zorro was directed by Martin Campbell, who performed the same duties on The Mask of Zorro.
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Antonio Banderas||Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro|
|Catherine Zeta-Jones||Elena de la Vega|
|Nick Chinlund||Jacob McGivens|
|Julio Oscar Mechoso||Frey Felipe|
|Adrian Alonso||Joaquin de la Vega|
|Pedro Armendariz||Governor Riley|
|Gary Barber||Executive Producer|
|Bill W. Benton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Roger Birnbaum||Executive Producer|
|Ted Elliott||Original Story|
|Jeffrey J. Haboush||Sound/Sound Designer|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Tateum Kohut||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Alex Kurtzman||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Amy Reid Lescoe||Co-producer|
|Graciela Mazon||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Cecilia Montiel||Production Designer|
|Roberto Orci||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Terry Rossio||Original Story|
|Steven Spielberg||Executive Producer|
|R. Bruce Steinheimer||Special Effects Supervisor|
2. Disrupted Election
3. Delivering the Ballots
4. "You Need Zorro"
5. Blackmailed Into Service
6. Father & Son
7. Sometimes One Must Fight
8. A Charming Fellow
9. Drunken Quadrille
10. Night and Day Fireworks
11. Gentlemen Playing Polo
12. A Deed at Any Cost
13. Spying at Supper
14. The Count's Plans
15. Balcony Banter & Baubles
16. A Fighter Born
17. A Cleansing Clue
18. Prophecy & Proposition
19. Protecting the Country
20. Still Caged Birds
21. "Prison Changes a Man"
22. Fighting a New Weapon
23. Gathering Evidence
24. A Friend for Dinner
25. "My Family Is My Life"
26. To Catch a Train
27. Steamy Swordfight
28. Final Destination
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Alejandro Drops Off Joaquin
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The prequel to this movie is better, with Anthony Hopkins as the original Zorro, where he finds Antonio Banderas and trains him to take his place. However, this movie isn't bad at all, if you're looking to escape into some adventure. Other reviews complain about historical inaccuracy, but if that's what you want then go watch a documentary. This is a movie, a Hollywood fantasy! It's just for some fun action, where the hero gets the bad guys and his son finally realizes his dad is the mighty Zorro. The son in this movie is also a kick, making the movie fun to watch too.
THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is mindless entertainment. If you don’t mind historical inaccuracies, you’ll be entertained. All the actors are fine, especially the main characters of Antonio Banderas as Zorro and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his spunky wife and partner, Elena. The action is wonderfully staged if you don’t wonder why they are fighting. As an intelligent person, who knows a little about American history, it was beyond me, why the writers, producers and director set the scene in 1850 California and yet kept talking about the Confederacy. The Civil War began in 1861. Yes, troubles were brewing in 1850 because of states rights and the admittance of states as slave or free, but no Confederates existed. Lincoln appears at the end of the movie, and no one heard of Lincoln in 1850. He wasn’t all that important in 1850. Other inaccuracies abound, like 19th century Roman Catholics getting a divorce at the drop of a mask. If you’re going to put history in movie as a motivation for the action, please make it as correct as possible. I’m sure most people won’t be disturbed by these historical mistakes, but the Civil War is a milestone in the history of a people and it is a depravity to trivialize it in such a fashion. Another idiocy was the comic antics of Zorro’s horse were they trying to make a Francis the Talking Mule picture? It was obvious, the fabricators of this flick were trying to make Zorro 9/11 but it just didn’t work. – Leslie Strang Akers
I saw this 3 times in the theaters. It was so cool! It had action, comedy, and romance. As good as the first one. Never a dull moment!
Though Anthony Hopkins is sorely missing from this sequel, it's still a really good movie. Lots and lots of action.
Antonio Banderas and Katherine Zeta-Jones return as Alejandro and Elena de la Vega. In this funny, hilarious and dramatic film, Alejandro, who has been Zorro to the people of California for 10 years, and his wife Elena, have a son, Joaquin. On the verge of joining the United States and its 30th state, California is threatened by a plot to destroy it and the Union. Elena is also threatened with the exposure of her husband by the Pinkertons(agents of the US government)unless she helps them discover the secrets of the man behind the plot, a French aristocrat who went to school with Elena in Spain. Although they are "divorced" at the Pinkertons instigation, Elena still loves Alejandro, and hilarity ensues as their investigations of the Frenchman collide! Throw in Nick Chinlund as MacGivens, the racist bad guy, and the plot thickens. The Pinkertons try their best to interfere with Elena and Alejandro, but with a little help from Joaquin(Adrian Alonso), Elena and Zorro battle the Frenchman, his minions, and save their family. Anyone who loves Zorro will love this movie!
After 8 yrs. we finally have another epee epic,still within tenure of Banderas as the swashing masked man by night and the swishing gentleman by day.We are treated to a whiplash of expertly crafted stunts,beautifully lensed set pieces,and steel-clashing swordplay.The poor Mexican proletariate are still harrassed by two-faced zealots who wish to exploit them until Zorro comes to their aid.Again, Banderas wears the mask of avenger to the hilt. Zeta-Jones returns as the raven-haired beauty that keeps Banderas' gloved hands full of bewilderment in learning to live with a very spirited and liberated senorita, and of course Anthony Hopkins is sorely missed. The core of the story(however somewhat historically flawed)is very similar to the Mummy Returns, in that we share another exploit of the adventure family triumvarate,right down to the heart-stopping train ride.Even so,there is more humor in this one as the trade offs come as strategically placed as the crack of a whip or the Z slash of a sword tip.Thankfully Campbell decided to change the ending so we can rest assured the dust has not settled on the sword-wielding masked man from Spanish California.
This movie could have been alot better. In this Zorro movie, I wouldn't have been surprised if he could have flown to the rescue. His character was too unhuman as far as what a person can do. Not really worth watching twice.