Bless Me, Ultima

Synopsis: A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Carl Franklin
Production: Arenas Entertainment
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Why is there evil in the world?

Let me start

from the beginning,

when I was innocent of the ways of God,

and men.

It was the summer

when I was seven.

The summer Ultima

came to us.

Papa! Mama! Mama!

Mama, they're coming!

Deborah! Theresa!

They're here.

Is Ultima really a witch?

No. And you will call

her La Grande.

I'm afraid.

Mind your manners!

We are honored that she

comes to live with us.

Come, come.

What beautiful daughters you have raised.




- Antonio, Grande.

- Let it be.

This was the last child

I pulled from your womb.

I knew there would be

something between us.

I've come to spend the last

days of my life here, Antonio.

You will never die.

I'll take care of you.

It's too hot to be standing

out here and chatting all day.

She's a bruja!

They sometimes

become owls at night.

Mama says she's not a witch.

She's a curandera.

She won't hurt you.

Why does

she have to live with us?

Mama says she has no family.

Now, go to sleep.


Mi hermano! He killed my brother!

Lupito! Lupito shot him!

Lupito? No, no.

No, I don't believe it!

Go get your rifle.

The other ones

are at the bridge.

The bridge?

He took to the river.

Qu pas, Antonio?

My brother was just at that

bus depot having coffee,

when that guy went up to where he was

and shot him in the back of the head.

Oh, Dios,

be careful, Gabriel.

I'm sorry.

Maria, lock the door.

Ese Lupito,

the war's made him crazy.

Antonio, what are

you doing?

I'm gonna tell.

Could be on the other side.

Hey. Yeah.

What about

the tall brush over there?

You gonna make

up the clearance?

Ssh! Did you hear that?

He's there!

There! There!

Run! Japanese soldiers!

Japanese soldiers!


those rifles away!

No! He's down there!

He's an animal.

He's gotta be shot!

No! We need

to talk to him!

Marez is right.

Marez is right!

Por Dios, hombres!

Let us act like men!

That's Lupito out there!

You all know Lupito.

You know the war

made him sick!

Go back to your drinking,


Leave this job to men.

That animal crawled behind my brother,

and took his life.

He's gotta be destroyed!


I will talk to him!


It's me, Narciso!

Listen, my friend.

A very bad business

has happened tonight.

Let me come down

and talk to you.

Let me help you.

Remember before

you went to the war.

When you first came into the

Eight Ball to gamble a little?

Remember how

I taught you

how Juan Botas

marked the aces

with a little tobacco juice,

and how you beat him?

Those were good times,


Those were good times!

That's your answer!

Bless me.

I'm heartily sorry

for having offended Thee,

and I detest all my sins because

of Thy just punishments.

Oh, my God,

I'm heartily sorry for having offended Thee.

You knew.


They killed Lupito.

Will he go to Hell?

That's not for us to say.

And the men on the bridge?


Men will do as they must.

Gabriel, get up!

Go, go. We go.

La bruja.

Hey. Hombre!

I don't believe you.

Hey, there's

that kid again.

Hey, kid, come here.

What, you scared or something?

Come on!

Darn, did you

see that?


The kid threw me!

They call me Horse.

Shake hands.

No, thanks.

Smart kid.

Shut up!

Listen, kid, don't think you

could do it again, understand?

Mass is starting!

We are very

lucky today. Mira.


Good for throat and lung,

fever, infections.

No, no, no!

Speak to it.

It is alive,

like all things,

like the trees,

the rocks, the river...

You must speak to it before you

take it from its home. Mira.

To all you who dwell

here by the river.

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Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya (born October 30, 1937) is an American author. Best known for his 1972 novel Bless Me, Ultima, Anaya is considered one of the founders of the canon of contemporary Chicano literature. more…

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