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Mask of Zorro

Antonio Banderas , Anthony Hopkins , Martin Campbell    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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A lusty and rousing adventure, this calls to mind those glorious costume dramas produced so capably by the old Hollywood studio system--hardly surprising, in that its title character, a de facto Robin Hood in Old California, provided starring vehicles for Douglas Fairbanks and Tyrone Power, the '50s TV hit, and dozens of serials and features. Zorro, a pop-fiction creation invented by Johnston McCulley in 1918, is given new blood in this fast-moving and engaging version, which actually works as a sequel to the story line in the Fairbanks-Power saga, The Mark of Zorro. A self-assured Anthony Hopkins is Don Diego de la Vega, a Mexican freedom fighter captured and imprisoned just as Spain concedes California to Santa Ana. Twenty years later, he escapes from prison to face down his mortal enemy, a land grabbing governor played with slimy spitefulness by Stuart Wilson. Too old to save the local peasants on his own, he trains bandito Antonio Banderas to take his place. Much swashbuckling ensues as Banderas woos Catherine Zeta-Jones, becomes a better human being, and saves the disenfranchised rabble. Director Martin Campbell wisely instills a measure of frivolity into the deftly choreographed action sequences, while letting a serious tone creep in when appropriate. This covers much ground under the banner of romantic-action-adventure, and it does so most excellently. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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5.0 out of 5 stars ZORRO MEETS ZETA JONES May 26 2004
THE MASK OF ZORRO is a rousiing, energetic, exciting romantic swashbuckler movie, reminiscent of all those great Fairbanks and Flynn movies.
Antonio Banderas is a perfect Zorro, starting off rude and crude, ending up flamboyant and gallant. His injection of humor and the way he rolls his eyes is a definite good addition to his role.
The ever amazing Anthony Hopkins shines in his role as the first Zorro, whose life is ruined when his wife is killed and his daughter taken away from him by his cruel enemy. It's rare to see an action hero over the 50 year mark!
Catherine Zeta-Jones is breathtakingly beautiful and is wonderful in her role as Hopkins daughter, feisty, yet adolescent in her yearnings for the masked man.
Stuart Wilson is vile and irreprehensible as Don Metero, the head villain, and he plays it to the hilt.
Matt Leschler as the Captain is even worse, his dashing good looks hiding a psychotic imbalance.
The whole movie is superb; James Horner's overlooked Oscar score is beautiful, including the closing credits duet by Tina Arena and Marc Antony of "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You."
This is a fun, enjoyable and uplifting kind of movie. ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The epitome of swashbuckling. March 23 2004
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This movie is so much fun. It could not have been more perfectly cast. Anthony Hopkins as the elder Zorro has just the right amount of suaveness layered over a quiet but intense desire for revenge. Catherine Zeta Jones makes a great traditional "spunky heroine", with enough flashy moves of her own that she's never the damsel in distress. And Antonio Banderas, ahh. Seeing this movie reminds me of why I was a fan of his after so many of his other movies did their best to put me off him. If you'd only seen "Two Much" and "Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever", you'd wash your hands of him forever.
Which is perhaps what the entertainment industry has done. How else to explain how such a charming, charismatic actor gets so few good roles? Is it just his Spanish accent getting in the way? If so, what a pity. As the younger Zorro, he displays all his talents: He starts off as a bumbling bandit, so unkempt you can practically see the fleas on him. His transformation is a wonderful thing to behold. Step by step, he becomes the dashing swordsman, both in appearance and bearing. Every look of his eyes, every flick of his hand is just right. He has amazing acting instincts.
Another thing I like about this movie is the pacing. It takes its time setting up the story so you get a good background. By the time the bandits appear, you already care about them, because you've met them as children in a previous scene. At the same time though, there's never an instance where I felt the movie was moving too slowly, even with all the backstory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Glory, Tragedy, and Destiny Collide Jan. 30 2004
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"The Mask of Zorro" is a well-written, old-fashioned swashbuckler, filled with glorious scenes of Mexico, the passionate and romantic music of James Horner , and a marvelous tale about love, loss, redemption, and retribution.
Don Diego De La Vega, so aptly, and elegantly played by Anthony Hopkins, is Zorro, a nobleman who disguises himself in order to fight for justice on behalf of the peasants of California.
On the last day of the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero's tenure as Governor, Zorro appears before the wondering eyes of the two orphaned Murrieta Brothers, Joaquin and Alejandro, as well as a crowd of peasantry to fight one last battle on behalf of the wrongfully condemned before the Dons leave for Spain.
Little does the benevolent Don Diego realize that he is enjoying the last hours of a tranquil home life with his beautiful wife and infant daughter; for his identity is discovered, and along with his soldiers, Don Rafael ( played by a devious Stuart Wilson, who always makes a great onscreen villian), comes to arrest De La Vega. De La Vega's wife, Esperanza (played with joyous and affectionate solemnity by Julia Rosen) who was once courted by Don Rafael, is killed by a soldier while pleading for her husband. The De La Vega's crying infant, Elena, is kidnapped by Montero, the mansion looted and burned, and the unfortunate De La Vega condemned to wallow in the filth of a prison for 20 years.
The story picks up in 1841 with the Murrieta Brothers now wanted bandits working with fellow outlaw, Three-Fingered Jack, played by L.Q. Jones, who has a crafty turn of phrase every so often. A confrontation with the U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Times, Thank Goodness! Dec 10 2003
I'm a little behind the times. I've just seen this five year old film on DVD for the first time! This film also is behind the times and thank goodness it is. It brings back many good things about the great action-adventure films of Hollywood's Golden Age without trashing up the film just for sensationalism. This film has too much class to be sensational! There's no foul language or nudity, so I could enjoy it with my 12 year old son. He was enthralled. This movie has tons of action, romance and a large portion of emotion. In short, an escape from the usual action fare.
It is easy to get involved in the plot and characters. I would not have believed that Anthony Hopkins who plays Zorro would be so "right" for the role. If I was doing the casting I might have looked elsewhere. I guess that's why I'm not a casting director because Mr. Hopkins is absolutely perfect in this role. Sometimes looks are deceiving in real life too.
The stunt work is as spectacular as it could be in a Zorro film. The extra special features on the DVD are great.
If you are looking for an action adventure film with a little romance thrown in that the entire family will enjoy, this is your film and it is certainly worth owning. I rented it but now I'm buying it because we all want to see it again!
Special mention must be made of the excellent score, truly a work of art in itself. I would like to own the score on CD to play in my car.
This is without a doubt the best Zorro movie I've ever seen, or likely to see. I don't think this one can be topped. I give it 5 stars because it is one of the two best films I've seen in the past year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sébastien Papineau
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting
Published 2 months ago by Robert Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars love this movie!
Arrived in good time and in good condition. Audio and Video quality as expected.

Love this movie! Had already seen it but wanted it in bluray. No regrets!
Published 14 months ago by sheamurai
4.0 out of 5 stars was great
great film. yet another dvd though. Catherine zeta jones was hot as hell... much better thann the second... funny how both films start the same way though
Published 19 months ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel
As far as sequels go, this one was great. I liked the storyline. It's very enjoyable and family oriented. I recommend it to everyone.
Published 20 months ago by Eric Khambata
5.0 out of 5 stars Mask of Zorro
One of the best cloak and dagger modern movies. Intriguing story, fascinating characters, excellent performance by Anthony Hopkins, Bandera and Zeta-Jones. Read more
Published on July 1 2010 by Giusy Oddo
4.0 out of 5 stars New Zorro, New Age
I have never been a huge fan of Antonio or Jones until I saw this film. With its breathtaking scenery, action and atmosphere it makes you love zorro again! Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Lotus Scrum
3.0 out of 5 stars Zorro No Longer a Hero
Zorro, the hero of Pulps, movies, books, comics and television, has a new movie out. Antonio Banderas, on Larry King Live, mentioned that he hoped this movie would help to keep... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Joshua Koppel
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE MAKE THE SEQUAL
the minute i first saw this movie i loved every scene of it and i haven't stopped watching it since then, i can hardly wait for the sequal to come in theaters
Published on Feb. 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure Movie
This sucessful rendition of Zorro`s story is a truly convincing and engaging blockbuster, showing the best qualities so rarely seen in action-adventure movies nowadays. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by gonn1000
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