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Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries

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Director: Walter Salles Jr.

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mía Maestro


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Brazilian director Walter Salles Jr. follows up the Golden Globe-nominated Behind the Sun with this filmed adaptation of Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journals of the same name. The Motorcycle Diaries stars Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros) as a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old


Brazilian director Walter Salles Jr. follows up the Golden Globe-nominated Behind the Sun with this filmed adaptation of Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journals of the same name. The Motorcycle Diaries stars Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros) as a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old medical student in 1952 traveling across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), who co-wrote the source material. As they embark on their journey, both young men come of age and find their individual world views broadened farther than they ever expected. The Motorcycle Diaries premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A road movie that’s strikingly different than its brethren, The Motorcycle Diaries chronicles the 8,000-mile trip undertaken in 1952 by two young Argentinian men -- one of whom, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, became better known as the revolutionary “Che” Guevara. As the movie opens, Ernesto (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) is a somewhat shy, asthmatic medical student who accompanies his jocular friend Alberto (Rodrigo de la Serna) on what they believe will be a grand adventure: a motorcycle journey traversing a good part of South America. Coming from a comfortable if not extravagant background, the two friends are stunned by the poverty and injustice they encounter, and while working to alleviate suffering in a leper colony during a brief stay, their lives are changed forever. Director Walter Salles (Central Station) lets the South American settings and natives do a lot of his work for him: one type of emotional response is elicited by his presentation of spectacular vistas, another by documentary-like glimpses of people who are desperately poor. But Salles never allows his audience to lose faith in human kindness; throughout the film, Ernesto and Alberto are helped by strangers who have no vested interest in their comfort or safety. The humanistic strain running through Motorcycle Diaries is so pronounced, in fact, that it’s easy to forget that the idealistic young medical student was later compromised by his support for repressive, authoritarian regimes. Fortunately, Salles doesn’t have an overtly political agenda, and in the end, his simply but elegantly told tale must be seen as a celebration of the human spirit.
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Even without the subtext of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's political awakening, The Motorcycle Diaries would still be a rich road movie and vibrant window into the spirit of South America. Add in some of the pivotal episodes that spurred Guevara toward activism, and Walter Salles Jr.'s film seems darn close to a historical document. It should be noted that The Motorcycle Diaries is far from a sober outing -- it has a bawdy sense of humor, and its two protagonists engage in all manner of grifting and chicanery to remain on course. Guevara himself (played by Gael García Bernal) goes so far as to brazenly seduce the wife of the man who's fixing their motorcycle (fixing it for free, at that). Without scenes like this, it would be impossible to measure the profundity of his eventual growth, gradually earned while interviewing oppressed laborers and ministering to the sick in a leper colony. By journey's end, he's matured from a feckless youth into a future revolutionary, no longer blind to the world around him. By using a number of amateur actors and a nearly documentary-style format, Salles makes Guevara's interactions with peasants as realistic as possible. Gael García Bernal is an ideal choice to play Guevara, ranging effortlessly from delight to gravitas according to the vicissitudes of the character's experience. He also acts out one of the most claustrophobic and frightening asthma attacks ever captured on film. Rodrigo de la Serna delivers a key performance as the film's other major character, Guevara's traveling companion. Loyal yet almost casually amoral, de la Serna's Alberto Granado provides an important jumping-off point for the development of Guevara's fierce integrity.

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Special Features

Deleted scenes; A moment with Alberto Granado; The making of The Motorcycle Diaries; A moment with Gael García Bernal; "Toma Uno" ("Take One") with Gael García Bernal; Music of the Road: An interview with composer Gustavo Santaolalla

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gael García Bernal Ernesto Guevara de la Serna
Rodrigo de la Serna Alberto Granado
Mía Maestro Chichina Ferreyra
Gustavo Bueno Dr. Hugo Pesce
Jorge Chiarella Dr. Bresciani
Mercedes Morán Celia de la Serna
Jean Pierre Noher Ernesto Guevara Lynch
Lucas Oro Roberto Guevara
Marina Glezer Celita Guevara
Sofia Bertolotto Ana Maria Guevara
Franco Solazzi Juan Martin Guevara
Ricardo Diaz Mourelle Uncle Jorge
Sergio Boris Young Traveller
Daniel Kargieman Young Traveller
Diego Giorzi Rodolfo
Facundo Espinoza Tomas Granado
Matias Gomez Kid,Card Player
Diego Treu Kid
Ariel Verdun Kid
Gustavo Mansilla Kid
Natalia Lobo La Negra
Maida Andrenacci Chichina Friend
Barbara Lombardo Chichina Friend
Dana Frijoli Chichina Friend
Valeria Echevarria Chichina Friend
Ariel Prieto Chichina Friend
Matias Strafe Chichina Friend
Nicolas Watson Chichina Friend
Carlos Rivkin Horacio Ferreyra
Elvio Suarez Uncle Martin
Pablo Villarrazza Esteban Aguirre
Liliana Kolinsky Chichina's Mother
Guillermo Ojeda Man with Oxen Cart
Oscar Alegre Don Olate
Fernando Ignacio Llosa Von Puttkamer
Marta Lubos Schatzie Von Puttkamer
Cristian F. Chaparro Luna
Cristian Arancibia Tulio
Gabriela Aguilera Piedad
Juan Maliqueo Araucano Father
Samuel Cifuentes Araucano Son
Constanza B. Majluf Chilean Sister
Evelyn Ibarra Chilean Sister
Victor Hugo Ogaz Waiter
Fernando Farias Fire Chief
Maximiliano Toledo Canaco
Cesar Lopez Fireman
Pablo Macaya Janitor
Rosa Curihuentro Old Woman
Erto Pantoja Mechanical
Vladimir Paredes Truck Driver
Brandon Cruz Miner
Vilma M. Verdejo Miner's Wife
Jaime Azucar Mine Foreman
Maria Esther Zamora Chipi Chipi Band Singer
"Pollito" Gonzalez Chipi Chipi Band Pianist
Jorge Lobos Chipi Chipi Band Percussionist/Trumpeter
Cuti Aste Chipi Chipi Band Clarinet/Accordion
Robert Lindl Chipi Chipi Band Double Bass Player
Gustavo Morales Felix
Maria Beatriz Abele Zdneka Pesce
Jonathan Balbis Luis Pesce
Matias Delgado Rizzi Tito Pesce
Jorge Rodriguez Paz Peruvian from Canepa
Jakelyne Vasquez Luz
Ernesto Cabrejos Card Player
Victor Angeles Card Player
Willy Gutierrez Card Player
Gerald Mayeux Card Player
Ricardo Velazquez Banca
Carolina Infante Sister Margarita
Nidia Bermejo Young Indian Nurse
Carlos "Caitro" Soto De La Colina Papa Carlito
Delfina Paredes Mother Sister Alberto
Nemesio Reyes Leper from San Pablo
Hernan Herrera Leper from San Pablo
Antonella Costa Silvia
Igor Calvo Dr. Souza

Technical Credits
Walter Salles Director
Beatriz di Benedetto Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Burman Co-producer
Carlos Conti Production Designer
Jorge Drexler Songwriter
Diego Dubcovsky Co-producer
Éric Gautier Cinematographer
Michael Nozik Producer
Coco Oderigo Art Director
Laurent Ott Art Director
Robert Redford Executive Producer
Daniel Rezende Editor
Walter Rippel Casting
José Rivera Screenwriter
Luigi Rocchetti Makeup Special Effects
Gustavo Santaolalla Score Composer
Julia Solomonoff Asst. Director
Maria Eugenia Sueiro Art Director
Edgar Tenembaum Producer
Karen Tenkhoff Producer
Marisa Urruti Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Webster Executive Producer
Rebecca Yeldham Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "The Mighty One" (Main Titles) [4:09]
2. Time to Go [5:13]
3. I'll Wait for You [8:16]
4. Roadside Diagnosis [6:54]
5. Hard Times [5:58]
6. Big News [5:19]
7. Strong Impressions [6:07]
8. Behind Schedule [6:10]
9. Scrap Metal [5:49]
10. Struggle to Survive [5:24]
11. The Heart of America [7:28]
12. An Honest Opinion [5:50]
13. A Lucky Night [6:09]
14. Breaking the Rules [2:53]
15. Segregated Living [7:22]
16. Salute to a United Nation [8:37]
17. Crossing to the Other Side [5:24]
18. The Journey Continues [5:10]
19. So Long [3:13]
20. End Titles [6:24]


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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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"If you can't say anything good......" Some of the scenery is nice.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! At first I was disinterested by its title thinking this was a "man's" movie. But read the synopsis of it and was intrigued. I believe that anyone with a conscience would not only LOVE this movie, but find themselves searching their own soul for value of the human spirit. How could you see this film without wanting to make a change in your own personal life? Very moving, excellent film work, excellent story that flows and allows you to become part of this world. One of my favorite lines has to do with the city the incas built and how it was so beautiful and then was contrasted by being taken over by people with guns and what was built by them was a crowded city with no beauty. The letters home to his mother are very touching and illustrate the struggles that go on inside a person. Truly a movie to see over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is about Ernesto "Che" Guevera's trip though latin american. Great story and filming. Super good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie! i thought it would have been hard to read the sub titles, but after 5 mintues its like they are talking in english. this movie is outstanding and has so much good meaning, everyone should watch it.
Bella_Quileute More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible film about the travels of Che Guevara as a young man. He travels South America with a friend, and he learns about himself and the world around him. It is thought-provoking, funny, sexy, and beautiful.
Bo-Wilson More than 1 year ago
Frankly, I think that communism is a lowly and deplorable ideology. I do, nevertheless, have a deep respect for Che and for his perspective. This movie is funny, poignant, and thought provoking. For a privileged youth to forsake his pedestal and devote his life to empowering the poor is divine. If only today's higher socioeconomic brackets had the decency to be so introspective. This movie is a relatively accurate history and a romanticized story of the experiences that lead El Fuser to become El Comandante. I recommend this movie to anyone. Especially towards those individuals who feel that they might be able to do more with the blessings they have been given.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard this movie I was drifting off in my Spanish class while my crazy teacher was talking about nonsence. Well she happened to mention this movie, and I really didn't think much about it. However a few months later my friend made me watch it with her... and it turned out that I loved it. This movie has so much depth and morals to it that it beats so many recent movies today. I was really shocked at how much I enjoyed this movie. Forget about the subtitles, you won't even notice them after the first few minutes because this movie sucks you in right at the first. I am positive that this will become one of your all time favorites!!!
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