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Viva Zapata!

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.00 /10
Marlon Brando , Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn
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Directed by: Elia Kazan
Written by: John Steinbeck from Edcumb Pichon's novel Zapata the Unconquered

Released: 1952
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 113

A Mexican bandit (Marlon Brando, pictured left) leads a revolution.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A curious mixture of political drama (with the unsurprising message that power corrupts) and a straightforward action movie. The film grinds to a halt too often to make room for histrionics by Brando or Quinn, and a predictable whitewash job is done on a man who was in reality a brutal killer, but even so this stands out as one of the more intelligent and enjoyable biopics turned out by Hollywood. Alex North's music and the art direction of Lye Wheeler and Leland Fuller were Oscar-nominated.

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