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Plot, Details & Awards

The Mask of Zorro

Rated PG-13 for some intense action and violence.

PG-13 In Theaters 07/17/1998 , 137min.
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Plot & Details

Director Martin Campbell, well-known to the action arena after 1995's GoldenEye, teams up with executive producer Steven Spielberg to bring the first Hollywood production of creator Johnston McCulley's Zorro in over four decades to the big screen. With scenic 18th century Mexico as a backdrop, Anthony Hopkins plays the original Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de la Vega, intent on revenge after rival enemy Don Raphael Montero (Stuart Wilson) murdered his wife and took his daughter, Elena. After being imprisoned for 20 years, the fabled hero removes his mask and takes on a tarnished young apprentice, Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas), to infiltrate Montero's plan to take control of California from Santa Anna. A boisterous outlaw with his own desire for revenge, Murieta works with Diego to avenge his brother's death by the sword of Montero's right-hand man, Captain Harrison Love (Matt Letscher, in his big screen debut). After Diego's extensive training in swordfighting, discipline and manners, a new Zorro appears wreaking vengeance and stealing the heart of a now-grown Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones). A sizable summer hit, the film served as Zeta-Jones' stepping stone to leading lady status as the high-spirited heroine.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Kevin O'Connell Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Kathleen Cusack Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Greg P. Russell Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Editing Dave McMoyler Nominated

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