History Film / TheMaskOfZorro

1st Feb '16 3:54:02 PM Exxolon
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''The Mask of Zorro'' is a 1998 film which depicts the retirement of the aging Don Diego de la Vega as {{Franchise/Zorro}} (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), and his training of a young punk (AntonioBanderas) as his replacement. There have so far been two films in the current treatment of the franchise, ''The Mask of Zorro'' and ''The Legend of Zorro'' (2005).
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''The '''''The Mask of Zorro'' Zorro''''' is a 1998 film which depicts the retirement of the aging Don Diego de la Vega as {{Franchise/Zorro}} (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), and his training of a young punk (AntonioBanderas) as his replacement. There have so far been two films in the current treatment of the franchise, ''The Mask of Zorro'' and ''The Legend of Zorro'' (2005).
19th Jan '16 10:45:43 AM Cheapsunglasses
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* NobleDemon: Rafael is an [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrat]], but he's also a [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes loving father]] who [[WouldNotHurtAChild refuses to harm children]] and [[EvenEvilHasStandards expresses disgust]] at his [[TheDragon Dragon's]] sadism. Even his MoralEventHorizon moment--[[spoiler:holding Elena at gunpoint]]--is a subversion because it turns out to be a bluff.
17th Jan '16 8:59:19 PM k410ren
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* RevealingInjury: Don Rafael proves Don Diego de la Vega is Zorro when he grabs Diego's left arm, causing him pain, and the arm starts bleeding. And Rafael knows Zorro was injured in the same spot...
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* RevealingInjury: Don Rafael proves Don Diego de la Vega is Zorro when he grabs Diego's left arm, causing him pain, and the arm starts bleeding. And Rafael knows Zorro was injured in the same spot...spot earlier that day...
17th Jan '16 8:58:15 PM k410ren
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* RevealingInjury: Don Rafael proves Don Diego de la Vega is Zorro when he grabs Diego's left arm, causing him pain, and the arm starts bleeding. And Rafael knows Zorro was injured in the same spot... -->'''Don Rafael:''' Blood never lies...Zorro.
26th Dec '15 8:37:26 PM Naram-Sin
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** Alejandro's brother is a bandit named Joaquín Murrieta. There was a real bandit in California named Joaquín Murrieta (although he was active years after the film is set), and that Murrieta is considered a likely inspiration of the literary Zorro.
10th Dec '15 5:37:59 PM nombretomado
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* SwordFight: Duh. It's {{Zorro}}.
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* SwordFight: Duh. It's {{Zorro}}.{{Franchise/Zorro}}.
3rd Dec '15 9:04:09 PM ange1eye5
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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Both villains in ''The Legend'' before they die...
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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: ** Both villains in ''The Legend'' before they die...die... ** Captain Love does this-a lot. The biggest one is just before the cart full of gold flattens him.
8th Oct '15 6:48:11 AM Cheapsunglasses
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** Subverted when [[spoiler: Rafael holds Elena at gunpoint during his final fight with Diego. Turns out he was bluffing--he would ''never'' harm Elena. He even seems genuinely surprised that Diego would find him willing to carry out such a threat.]]

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* WouldNotHurtAChild: Rafael goes out of his way to avoid harming children. Early in the film, he orders his men to remove all children from the execution plaza because he feels that children should not be exposed to the cruel acts he is willing to commit. He also adopts his archenemy's daughter and raises her well, and when Captain Love suggests killing the mine workers (many of them small children), Rafael is visibly disturbed
7th Oct '15 8:28:08 PM Cheapsunglasses
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* BigNo: Rafael does this twice: first when one of his men tries to shoot Diego and he realizes that Esperanza is in the way; second when Captain Love attempts to shoot Diego with Elena being dangerously close to the old man. The second time, he manages to stop the would-be shooter before [[HistoryRepeats history repeats itself]].

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* PetTheDog: Coupled with PapaWolf, Rafael genuinely loves Elena, despite the fact that she isn't really his daughter. He takes her in, raises her well (to the point of distancing her from his dirty dealings), all without spoiling her. Two good examples of how genuine it is are when Captain Love takes an opportunity to try and shoot Diego, and Rafael, fearing that Love may accidentally shoot Elena, immediately pushes him away; and when he [[spoiler: holds her at gunpoint to get Diego to drop his sword, then bluntly and angrily reveals that he never intended to shoot her.]]
20th Jul '15 7:15:23 AM CharlesPhipps
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'''''The Legend of Zorro''''': A few years later, the demands on Zorro are putting a strain on Alejandro and Elena's marriage, so they have a temporary trial separation. Meanwhile, a new SmugSnake has entered the scene with eyes on both Elena and California, whose impending statehood is imperiled when Alejandro uncovers Yet Another Conspiracy to carve California and hand it over to various Evil Overlords. Cue a desperate battle on multiple fronts to win the day and the girl. Ten years have passed since the events of "The Mask of Zorro". Alejandro de la Vega (AntonioBanderas) has a great life. He has a beautiful wife and an energetic son, and is able to live contentedly as a don. As the folk hero Zorro, he even is helping the state of California join the USA. This all changes when, after refusing to give up being Zorro, his wife, Elena, files for divorce. With his son thinking him weak, de la Vega falls into drunkardness. It does not help that Elena is now seeing a wealthy French aristocrat. With a literal explosion, de la Vega finds that there is something else going on.
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'''''The Legend of Zorro''''': A few Ten years later, the demands on Zorro are putting a strain on Alejandro and Elena's marriage, so they have a temporary trial separation. Meanwhile, a new SmugSnake has entered the scene with eyes on both Elena and California, whose impending statehood is imperiled when Alejandro uncovers Yet Another Conspiracy to carve California and hand it over to various Evil Overlords. Cue a desperate battle on multiple fronts to win the day and the girl. Ten years have passed since the events of "The Mask of Zorro". Alejandro de la Vega (AntonioBanderas) has a great life. He has a beautiful wife and an energetic son, and is able to live contentedly as a don. As the folk hero Zorro, he even is helping the state of California join the USA. This all changes when, after refusing to give up being Zorro, his wife, Elena, files for divorce. With his son thinking him weak, de la Vega falls into drunkardness. It does not help that Elena is now seeing a wealthy French aristocrat. With a literal explosion, de la Vega finds that there is something else going on. girl.
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