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Viva Zapata!

Covered in an unconvincing mess of Mexican make-up, Brando adds a touch of fire to this otherwise frequently dull tale of the outlaw who became a revolutionary hero in the struggle against the tyrannical President Diaz. An actorly film, of course - what else would one expect from Kazan? - but the direction and John Steinbeck's script seem stranded in a no man's land between straightforward adventure and a pessimistic allegory about the corrupting nature of power.

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elia Kazan
Screenwriter: John Steinbeck
Cast: Marlon Brando
Jean Peters
Anthony Quinn
Joseph Wiseman
Margo
Frank Silvera
Mildred Dunnock
Henry Silva

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Darrel Hansen

The Film Guide critique may well be true but focuses only on the trivial. I have watched Viva! many times, and each time I like it better. It grows on one much like CasaBlanca. It is hauntingly beautiful throughout the entire film and does great credit to the actors, Kazan, Steinbeck, and the Zapata legend, while at the same time conveying a sense of the tragedy and almost intermible length of the Mexican Revolution.

Darrel Hansen

The Film Guide critique may well be true but focuses only on the trivial. I have watched Viva! many times, and each time I like it better. It grows on one much like CasaBlanca. It is hauntingly beautiful throughout the entire film and does great credit to the actors, Kazan, Steinbeck, and the Zapata legend, while at the same time conveying a sense of the tragedy and almost intermible length of the Mexican Revolution.