History Film / TheMaskOfZorro

23rd Jun '17 10:21:12 PM RobinHood3000
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** The case of Murrieta, however, is more complicated due to how his figure was ''already'' drenched in myths and urband legends way before the movie was made. According to The Otherwiki, depending on the point of view, he was considered an infamous bandit or a Mexican patriot, even nicknamed "The Mexican Robin Hood".
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Harrison Love is based loosely on California Ranger Capt. Harry Love, a veteran of the Mexican-American War who was tasked to bring down the "Five Joaquins" gang, of whom Murieta was the chief member. After successfully hunting down Murietta and killing him and Three-Fingered Jack in a shootout, Murieta's head and Jack's hand were preserved in alcohol and turned over for proof. Love was not exactly a psychotic killer as shown in the film, and the historical events occurred in 1853, well after California became a member of the United States (''Mask of Zorro'' takes place over 10 years earlier).

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** The case of Murrieta, however, is more complicated due to how his figure was ''already'' drenched in myths and urband urban legends way before the movie was made. According to The Otherwiki, Other Wiki, depending on the point of view, he was considered an infamous bandit or a Mexican patriot, even nicknamed "The Mexican Robin Hood".
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Harrison Love is based loosely on California Ranger Capt. Harry Love, a veteran of the Mexican-American War who was tasked to bring down the "Five Joaquins" gang, of whom Murieta was the chief member. After successfully hunting down Murietta Murieta and killing him and Three-Fingered Jack in a shootout, Murieta's head and Jack's hand were preserved in alcohol and turned over for proof. Love was not exactly a psychotic killer as shown in the film, and the historical events occurred in 1853, well after California became a member of the United States (''Mask of Zorro'' takes place over 10 years earlier).
10th Jun '17 1:29:58 AM NightShade96
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* LessonsInSophistication: Don Diego de la Vega (the former Zorro), now an old ImpoverishedPatrician who had his child abducted and raised by his nemesis, teaches the new Zorro (Alejandro Murrieta, who was a thug and Zorro's fan) on how to be classy so he can infiltrate the party that his nemesis held.
29th Jan '17 2:52:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: The DVD includes an alternate ending where Alejandro and Elena meet General Santa Anna while walking away from the mine with all the rescued prisoners. Joaquim de Almeida plays Santa Anna in this scene.
28th Jan '17 6:09:23 PM Clamanath
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* AwardBaitSong: "I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You" by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena. And written by James Horner and Will Jennings, the team responsible for the ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' theme, to boot.

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* AwardBaitSong: "I "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP6LQjJo7eY I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You" You]]" by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena. And written by James Horner and Will Jennings, the team responsible for the ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' theme, to boot.
30th Nov '16 9:45:41 AM k410ren
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* ButtMonkey: Captain Garcia, always being outwitted, embarrassed, and outright humiliated in every encounter he is involved in. Choice moments includes being stripped and tied to a cactus, enveloped by a giant map without getting so much as a single strike in, and slamming gutfirst into a tree branch at speed.

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* ButtMonkey: Captain Corporal Garcia, always being outwitted, embarrassed, and outright humiliated in every encounter he is involved in. Choice moments includes being stripped and tied to a cactus, enveloped by a giant map without getting so much as a single strike in, and slamming gutfirst into a tree branch at speed.
8th Nov '16 5:53:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Lots of it, most notably Zorro himself, and his enemy Captain Love.
18th Oct '16 12:48:33 PM Greystone101
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* ButtMonkey: Captain Garcia, always being outwitted, embarrassed, and outright humiliated in every encounter he is involved in. Choice moments includes being stripped and tied to a cactus, enveloped by a giant map without getting so much as a single strike in, and slamming gutfirst into a tree branch at speed.
18th Oct '16 12:43:17 PM Greystone101
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* BelligerentSexualTension: To the extent that it's difficult to tell whether Alejandro and Elena's duel constitutes a fight to the death, or a very elaborate and violent form of foreplay.
31st Aug '16 11:05:36 AM erforce
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->''"It seems we have a fly in the ointment... or should I say a fox? Zorro."''
-->-- '''Jacob [=McGivens=]'''
31st Aug '16 10:56:51 AM erforce
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''The Legend of Zorro'': 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.

''The Legend of Zorro'' was not well received (and more importantly, didn't turn much of a profit), so a third film seems unlikely.

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''The Legend of Zorro'': Ten years later, In 2005, 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.

''The Legend of Zorro''
sequel ''Film/TheLegendOfZorro'' was not well received (and more importantly, didn't turn much of a profit), so a third film seems unlikely.

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!!This film series provides examples of:



!!''The Legend of Zorro'' has examples of:

%%* AncientConspiracy: The Knights of Aragon.
* AnimalReactionShot: Zorro manages to land his horse on top of a moving carriage train, only to notice that it's about to enter a tunnel. There's a shot of the horse's eyes widening.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Some of the most glaring ones in the film, which is set in 1850, are the role of the Confederate States of America (which weren't formed until 1861), the First Transcontinental Railroad (which wasn't completed until 1869; in fact, California wouldn't gain its first railroad until 1856) and the California Statehood Referendum which is entirely fictious.
* BadassBystander: The Cortez couple seem to be set up to be another pair of helpless victims in need of rescuing. Turns out they're ''quite'' capable of putting up a fight when pushed to it.
* BadassPreacher: Padre Filipe. A scrawny-looking, unassuming priest who punches out mooks (and who braves bullets to conceal Zorro's identity)? That approaches even Zorro's level of badass.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Elena runs across a dirt field at full speed, fights with a shovel, runs back across the same field at full speed, falls in the dirt at least once, and when she gets back to her room her white nightgown is spotless and she doesn't have a hair out of place.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Armand and [=McGivens=].
* CultureClash: The film has elements of this, contrasting the Hispanic trappings of the old California to the increasingly Wild West aesthetic of the to-be-American state.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Elena marries a rich tycoon who creates weapons of mass destruction and hides them in wine bottles. 'Sounds a lot like a ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' 1946 movie.
* DramaticUnmask: Zorro getss captured and unmasked by the bad guys, who also have his wife and child in tow. Elena already knows his identity as do the audience; the only important character it's a reveal for is his son.
* DrowningMySorrows: What would YOU do if you lost your wife to a smarmy, rich French dude?
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Father Felipe gets a nice one when five minutes into the film, he's telling the man who just shot up a plaza to bugger off in no uncertain terms. While standing right in front of him, unarmed.
* EternalSexualFreedom: The film is set in mid-19th century California. The wealthy and socially prominent main characters (Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones) get divorced, and the woman continues to raise their son and is apparently still socially prominent. And remember that this is Spanish-Mexican California, a ''Catholic'' culture, where divorce was even more intolerable than in Protestant countries, although loopholes did of course exist.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Armand can be convinced not to execute a father in front of his son.
* EvilCounterpart: Jacob [=McGivens=] to Father Felipe. As [=McGivens=] himself puts it, "we're both men of God."
%%* FrenchJerk: Armand.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Despite being rated PG (compared to the first film's PG-13 rating), ''Legend'' has a few violent deaths, including the film's villain [[spoiler: being tied to the front of a train and having his body slam into debris on the tracks onscreen]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Tornado even only accepts Alejandro's orders once he speaks in Spanish, and Zorro asks Joaquin to talk with him "en la lengua de nuestros padres".
* HairTriggerExplosive: The villains' plan involves a train full of nitroglycerine. To demonstrate one tosses a small drop onto the floor causing a huge explosion.
* HappilyMarried: Yeah, there was the separation phase, but that was mostly because [[spoiler: Elena was blackmailed into it]]. For the most part, Alejandro and Elena are this.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Two Pinkerton agents capture Zorro and claim that the days of vigilantes are over.
-->'''Pinkerton agent:''' (showing Zorro his mask) This belongs in a museum. So do you.
* JustTrainWrong: The driver of the bad guy's train is hit by a piece of wood and falls against the throttle, shoving it forward and [[RunawayTrain causing the train's speed]] and boiler pressure to dramatically increase. Pushing the throttle forward would actually close it, making the train slow down (and eventually stop) while a rise in speed would cause the boiler pressure to decrease.
* LamarckWasRight: Don Alejandro de la Vega's son, Joaquin, seems to have inherited his father's taste for social justice and swordfighting skills despite the fact that he has no idea his father is actually Zorro.
* LargeHam: Zorro himself.
--> '''Alejandro''': [[AC: No-one]] leaves my ''tequila worm'' dangling in the wind!
* LightIsNotGood: [=McGivens=] kills people because he believes he is doing God's work, and often quotes the Bible.
* LighterAndSofter: Overlapping with DenserAndWackier.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Joaquin idolizes Zorro, but thinks his father is a loser, without realizing that they're both the same man.
* NitroExpress: The hero and the villain have a swordfight [[TraintopBattle on top of a train]] loaded with nitroglycerin.
* OfCourseISmoke: Elena gets rid of [[RomanticFalseLead Armand]] so she can talk to Alejandro by asking him to buy her a pipe. [[BrickJoke Much later]], after she and Armand have had dinner, a servant brings "her" pipe. Initially she says she needs her stomach to settle first, but when she needs an excuse to be out on the balcony, she's forced to light up.
-->'''Armand:''' Are you all right?
-->'''Elena:''' Fine.
-->'''Armand:''' My God, you're turning green.
* OhCrap:
** The villain's reaction when the train is about to ram to a wall.
** And [=McGivens=] before ''he'' dies in another scene.
* PaperThinDisguise: Zorro's son is unable to recognize his own father's face or voice, while talking to him, because part of Zorro's eyes are covered by his facemask.
* PassingTheTorch: The alternate ending does this with the aging Alejandro and his now-adult son Joaquin. This was changed, though, in order to allow for more possible sequels with the same actors.
* PinkertonDetective: Pinkerton agents extort Elena, the wife of Zorro, to help them investigate a secret society trying to prevent the 1850 admission of California to the Union. Rather anachronistically, since the Pinkertons weren't formed until after that event.
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler:Father Quintero appears to die from a shot, but then he comes back later and reveals that he was saved by his crucifix necklace]].
%%* PsychoForHire: [=McGivens=].
* RacingTheTrain: A version of this happens when Alejandro's son does this with the horse, Tornado, is racing to catch up to the train.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Both villains do this before they die.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "This belongs in a museum...and so do you."]]
* ShovelStrike: Elena attempts to fend off some attackers with a shovel.
* SkipToTheEnd: The remarriage has to be rushed because the Zorro Bell is ringing.
%%* SlapSlapKiss
* StockSubtitle
* SwitchToEnglish: Inverted. After the title character rescues his son from the BigBad's gang, they start a conversation in English. Then Zorro cuts the conversation off and requests that they converse in "the language of our fathers" Spanish. The rest of the conversation occurs in Spanish with English subtitles.
%%* SwordFight
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: After the AncientConspiracy members hear Armand's evil plans, one disagrees. As a result, Armand demonstrates his secret weapon - nitroglycerin - by throwing a small bottle of it on him.
%%* TraintopBattle
* UndersideRide: Joaquin trails the [=McGiven=]'s gang by clinging to the underside of their wagon.
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