Che: Part One

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Plot

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.2/10 (19,260 voted)

Director:
Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac

Storyline
The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Writers: Peter Buchman, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Cast:

Julia Ormond

Lisa Howard


Benicio Del Toro

Ernesto Che Guevara


Oscar Isaac

Interpreter

(as Óscar Isaac)


Pablo Guevara

Dinner Guest #1


Franklin Díaz

Dinner Guest #2


Armando Suárez Cobián

Dinner Guest #3


Rodrigo Santoro

Raúl Castro


María Isabel Díaz

María Antonia


Demián Bichir

Fidel Castro


Mateo Gómez

Cuban Diplomat #1


Ramon Fernandez

Héctor

(as Ramón Fernández)


Yul Vazquez

Alejandro Ramírez

(as Yul Vázquez)


Jose Caro

Esteban

(as José Caro)


Pedro Adorno

Epifanío Díaz


Jsu Garcia

Jorge Sotús

(as Jsu García)



Details

Official Website:
Official site [Spain]|
Official site [Japan]|

Release Date: 24 January 2009

Filming Locations: Campeche, Mexico



Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $61,070
(USA)
(14 December 2008)
(2 Screens)

Gross: $1,731,665
(USA)
(17 May 2009)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

For his role, Benicio Del Toro spent seven years researching Guevara's life.

Goofs:

Crew or equipment visible:
When Che is outlining his conditions to the UN, one of the cutaways shows some soldiers crossing a muddy river. During the scene, a crew member in contemporary clothing can be seen standing on a grassy bank to the left of the frame.

Quotes:

Ernesto Che Guevara:
Ours is a fight to the death.



User Review

Hard, Gritty and To the Point But Not In the Way You Expect

Rating: 9/10


Che: Part One felt very complete and fulfilling. I found myself looking
at Ernesto "Che" Guevara as a very well rounded person. Not as an
ideological self fulfilling man but as an articulate man with thought
out rational decisions as well as a man with many useful talents.

The acting of the cast all around was very good but Benicio Del Toro
took the movie by storm but he did this in a very subtle way. His
performance displayed how Che's spirit was able to superseded the
hardships faced in the Cuban Revolution. It did not display any
brutality or recklessness but a devotion to a cause. Del Toro's
perforations was that worthy of an Oscar nomination but I don't think
Che Guervara cared to much about awards.

The directing by Steven Soderbergh was visually stunning at times with
much of the scenes shot in the forest. What kept the movie upbeat
though were the scenes of Che in New York giving interviews and
addressing the U.N. It added an extra layer to the film allowing you to
see another side of Che. The side in which he shows his political and
speaking abilities. The writing was very good with the dialog always
keeping you engrossed. The music, though not much of it, was very good
and stayed within rhythm of the rest of the film.

Overall the film succeeds in showing Che as a well rounded man never
developing into oversimplified or unnecessarily complex portrayal of a
man. The movie was very accurate and refused to take on a role of being
inspiring or Hollywoodish which I enjoyed. The only problem with the
film I had was that it seems to have a little too much of a feel of a
war film rather than a biopic. Still I highly recommend this film.