The Mask of Zorro

Synopsis: The original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, is captured and imprisoned just as Spain concedes California to Santa Anna. 20 years go by and his mortal enemy, Don Rafael Montero, returns to California with a plan to become wealthy at the expense of the peasants. The original Zorro escapes from prison and trains a new Zorro to take his place. Much swashbuckling and derring-do ensues.
Director(s): Martin Campbell
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min

Come on, Alejandro, it is my turn.

Let me see.

Hey! What are you doing

cutting holes in my wagon?

Sorry, Seor Lopez.

We were just waiting for Zorro.

- Go home, muchachos.

- Do you think he's going to come?

Someone thinks he will.

Joaquin, Alejandro, once I carved

coffins for your mother and father.

I would hate to carve ones for you.

Now, go!

Alejandro, Joaquin, this is no place

for you. Get back to the mission.

Don Montero, for the love of God,

why are you still here?

Now, now, Don Luiz. Calm, calm.

Santa Anna's men are three miles

from the town. You have to go now.

The government of Spain would like

to thank you for your devoted service.

This land is the property

of the Spanish government.

In two hours it will be the property

of the Mexican government...

...unless I hand them over to you.

I am well acquainted with Santa Anna.

He will realize that the dons...

...will be dutiful taxpayers

and he will respect your claims.

The rest of Alta California

I have divided equally...

...among the other dons. Make sure

that all of them receive their grants.

Get the children out of the plaza


The children should never have to see

the things we do.

I want to see! Put me down.


I saw him. I saw Zorro. Come on.

Who are these men that you would

risk your life to have killed?

Who are they? No idea.

Three peasants pulled at random

from the crowd.

Where is he?


Come on.

My thanks to you, gentlemen.

Now, if you will excuse me,

I'm missing my own party.

Kill him!

You would murder three innocent men

to capture me?

I would murder 100 innocent men

if it meant killing you.

Three men, three cuts.

A small memento of Mexico, Rafael.

To remind you not to return.

Tornado, my old friend,

you are getting too old for this.

Yes, me too.

Is she warm enough?

I always put on an

extra blanket for you, Seor.

But the good prince was not afraid

of the evil king.

He raced across the drawbridge,

fighting off 100 guards.

And then, looking very handsome

and dashing in the late-afternoon sun...

...he leapt onto the balcony

and thrust his enchanted sword...

...under the king's chin.

"You would kill three innocent men

just to capture me?"


Then suddenly lightning flashed

and thunder shocked the wasted land.

The evil king glared

at the good prince and said...

Something very forgettable.

And the good prince,

what did he do?

Well, he leapt from the balcony

onto his faithful old steed, Tornado...

...and raced home to his

beautiful wife, Esperanza...

...and to his little child, Elena.

Never to do anything

so foolish or dangerous again.

She loves to hear your stories.

It's only the sound of my voice.

One day she will have

no time for them.

I never tire of them.

Why should she?


She already has your strength.

Today she broke the little clay horse

you made for her.


It's just a scratch.

Diego, you promised me.

No more nights waiting up

praying you come home alive.

The Spaniards are going home.

Today is Zorro's last ride.

From now on we will grow

old together with our five children.

- Five?

- Yeah. Not enough?

I love you.

Doa de la Vega,

still as beautiful as ever.

Don Rafael, what an honor.

The governor in my home.

- You'll stay for dinner, of course.

- I have come to apologize, Esperanza.

I'm sorry that I could not protect

this country from the peasants.

I'm sorry that I couldn't

make you love me.

And I'm sorry that I have

to leave you without a husband.

Arrest him.

Blood never lies, Zorro.

You are a traitor to your country

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