Cesar Chavez

Synopsis: Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Diego Luna
Production: Pantelion Films
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min


I was born in Yuma, Arizona

in a ranch owned by my family

but we lost it in the depression.

Like many other families, we moved

to California to work in the fields.

But when we arrived, we found out that

there was more people than jobs.

We went from being farm owners

to farm workers in one day.

And at the age of 11,

I started working in the fields.

That's where I witnessed,

for the first time,

the injustice and the indignities

suffered by the farm workers.

You see the problem is that in 1936

the country changed,

because the National Labor Relations Act

went into effect.

And it gave most workers the right

to join the union and bargain collectively.

Except the farm workers,

they were excluded from this protection

and I was one of them.

I wanted to do something, so I joined

the CSO, Community Services Organization.

And that is where I learned

how to organize people.

We were working in the cities and I

realized that, to make a difference,

I had to get out

and start organizing the workers.

So, in 1962, I went back

to the fields to do just that.



Juan de la Cruz!

I'm a friend of your cousin, Felipe.

Are you Juan?

Can we talk?

Sure. But not here.

I'm done in about four hours.


You need to leave now. They're coming.



Can I help you, sir?

Were you talking to those workers?

Is there something I can do for you?

I'm talking to you.

Do you own anything?



Can you read or write?


Well... No.

Of course not.

Who in your family works?


Me and my wife.

And my kids. The older ones anyways.


The other ones are still too young.

Do you want more for your kids?

Of course.


Most of the people are afraid.

They have to feed their kids.

It's not easy doing it alone.

I'll return in one month

to help you start organizing.

But I need you to gather

everyone you can here.

OK, that's fine.

And you won't be alone anymore.

If we want to organize farm workers,

if we're really serious,

it's not gonna happen here, not with them.

It's just one setback, Cesar, it takes a while

to build trust, you have to be patient.

You know, they really don't care about

the farm worker, Fred.

Gilbert, that's not true.

See that's what I'm talking about, Fred,

see I have to be where it's happening.

I have to get out of Los Angeles

and go back to the fields where I started.

You know, we are doing this together, okay?

You knew this could happen,

that is why we have a plan.

But not in an office.

It's not the time to walk out now.

You know what it takes,

that is why I brought you in.

The CSO will be behind you, no matter what,

but please at least sleep on it.

I am not tired, Fred.

I want to get my hands dirty.

- Cesar...

- I'm with him. He's right.

You will go to new schools

and make new friends.

You're going to be fine.

Your father and I grew up on the fields.

Which team plays for Delano?

Your tio Ruc and tia Petra live in Delano,

so do our cousins. It's gonna be good.

Okay, let's take a vote.

Who wants to go to Delano?

...a wonderful day

in Southern California.

- Sandy Koufax on the mound.

- No!

Sandy coming off that

beautiful no-hitter last week.

Caullison just waving that bat

back and forth.

- Pare, I am trying to listen to the game.

- Koufax trying to keep

his winning streak going.

Could you stop? Stop!

Top of the fourth,

Dodgers leading two to nothing.

Koufax delivers and it's

a line drive down the left field line...

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Keir Pearson

Keir Pearson, (born December 15, 1966) is an American Academy Award nominated screenwriter notable for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. more…

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