Che: Part One Poster

Release Date: January 9th, 2009

DVD Release Date: August 18th, 2009

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary
Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) transforms from intellectual, asthmatic doctor to one of Latin America's legendary revolutionaries. In the years before his famous 1964 visit to the United Nations, Che joins forces with Cuban exile Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir) and ignites a revolution that eventually brings an end to the Batista regime in Cuba.

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir, Santiago Cabrera, Elvira Mínguez, Franka Potente, Jorge Perugorría, Edgar Ramirez, Victor Rasuk

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Drama, Biography

Production Co: Guerrilla Films Inc., Morena Films, Telecinco Cinema

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • If this earnest, two-part biopic with a total running time of 268 minutes sometimes lacks cinematic flair, the straight-ahead, chronologically-driven film will inform and, to a somewhat lesser extent, excite viewers everywhere. show more

  • Che looks dazzling, whether the camera is weaving through a battle or trying to bore into Che's haunted soul. Del Toro stands up to Soderbergh's relentless scrutiny. As for the movie, it's a reward to audiences eager to break from the play-it-safe pack. Game on. show more

  • What this slow-moving but fascinating two-part portrait does do is hunker down in the jungles and mountains of Cuba and (in the second part) Bolivia, capturing in keen, almost Zen-like detail the trudging and trekking, the recruiting and strategizing, the fighting and the philosophizing. show more

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