• The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

The Motorcycle Diaries

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

On a break before his last semester of medical school, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael García Bernal) travels with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. The two men soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labor by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto's values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort.

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mercedes Morán, Mia Maestro, Jorge Chiarella, Jean Pierre Noher, Facundo Espinosa, Lucas Oro

Director: Walter Salles

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: South Fork Pictures, FilmFour Productions

Keywords: Transformation , Engaging , Friend , Growing up , Fascinating , 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A smartly scoped story of great personal growth and transformation. It's not hard to see the personality/political basis for Che's later revolutionary actions. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A steady, soulful film experience. It's got poetry to it - the poetry of humanity. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A convincing, entertaining portrait of the revolutionist as a young man.

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Awards

Winner Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)