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The Mask of Zorro (Deluxe Edition)
Known as: Zorro - Mask of Zorro
Online Status: Owned on UV
Price at time of addition: Unknown
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time: 136 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Theater Release Date: 1998-07-17
Origional Release Date: 1998-07-17
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 (Widescreen)
Language: English
Subtitles: English,Spanish,French,Portuguese
Dubbed: French,Portuguese,Spanish
ID: 240
UPC: 043396109353
EAN: 9781404980488
MPN: 043396109353
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Date Added: 2010-08-31
Antonio Banderas
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Anthony Hopkins
Yolanda Orisaga
Paco Morayta

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A sweeping romantic adventure of love and honor, tragedy and triumph set against Mexico's fight for independence. Twenty years have past since Don Diego de la Vega (Hopkins) fought oppression as the legendary hero, Zorro. Now he must find a successor and he chooses Alejandro Murietta (Banderas), a bandit with a troubled past who he must, somehow, transform into the fearless fighter he once had been. Then, armed with sword, whip, mask and the jet-black stallion, Tornado, the new Zorro must stop tyrant Raphael Montero, newly returned from Spain with a plot to actually buy California and enslave the populous to work in his mines.

In this day of movies in which one can't tell whether the action was manufactured by computer generation or by a cookie cutter, The Mask of Zorro is a grand throwback. It recalls and celebrates the fantasy workshop that Hollywood was and can be at its best. It's an audience pleaser in the best sense of the word, combining great-looking performers with gorgeous vistas and production design, a story that is familiar yet never insults the viewer's intelligence, and plenty of eye-popping action.

Anthony Hopkins stars as the original Zorro, a masked vigilante protecting his people from official corruption in Mexico and what will become California (from Hannibal Lecter to Merchant-Ivory to action hero--is there nothing this man cannot do?). He's imprisoned for his troubles, and upon his release, mentors an impetuous pupil (Antonio Banderas, more suave than ever) in the fine arts of swordplay and triumphing over evil. Catherine Zeta-Jones capably portrays the beauty linked to both men--Zorro I's daughter, Zorro II's object of desire.

The plotting contains few surprises, but the interplay between the three leads is always winning, and the winks to the swashbuckling genre are playful without ever being heavy-handed or campy. --David Kronke

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