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  • Actors: Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, Maynor Alvarado
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JPFTSWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez w/Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley and Maynor Alvarado. 2014, Rated: PG-13.

Customer Reviews

The people who made this movie just don't get it.
Rosa Maria Cortez
In actuality the depth of character for both sides seems rather lacking in the movie.
Mark Turner
A film to inspire us to work for a better life for all through Unions.
Diane Keefauver

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Ganz on July 10, 2014
Format: DVD
The new movie on Cesar Chavez makes me sad. . . and angry. To be sure, it draws needed attention to a key chapter in American Latino, labor, political and social movement history and to the man whose leadership was central to it. But it does so by reducing the man, the movement, and it’s meaning to caricature, a source of sadness. But fact the lessons the film teaches contradict the real lessons Chavez’s work has to teach is a source of anger. And the “excuse” that “no movie can tell the whole story” doesn’t really wash. An earlier film in which director Diego Luna had a role, Milk, is a film that does man, movement, and meaning justice. And there have been others. Just not this one.

Cesar was a man whose core leadership gifts were relational: an ability to engage widely diverse individuals, organizations and institutions with distinct talents, perspectives, and skills, in a common effort. The film depicts him as a loner: driving alone when he gave up driving, travelling alone, which he never did, and deciding alone, when his strength was in the team he built that could respond quickly, creatively, and proactively to the daily crises that were the reality of this long and intense effort.

Cesar was an ‘organizer’s organizer”, the craft in which he prided himself. This required a focus on people, their strengths and weaknesses, the dynamics of power and work behind the scenes. In the film he gives speeches, which he avoided, engages in shouting matches on the picket line, which he never did. A believer in the rhetoric of action for many years he never held a press conference, speaking to the public from the scene of the action.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rosa Maria Cortez on August 22, 2014
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Bad movie making about a powerful movement. The actor who played Cesar was at best tepid. America was good because she is a good actress. Most distressing was the way the movie ignored the important role of the Filipinos. I couldn't believe how they treated them and Dolores Huerta as "background." Cesar brought us together. Those of us who marched, picketed for the boycott, and joined Cesar in prayer during his fast and the celebration of the Eucharist after he broke his fast, we know what he and all farmworkers and those who stood with them suffered and stood for. Cesar was good and very human, he made mistakes, he grew in understanding and awareness. The people who made this movie just don't get it. It has no heart and certainly lacks the passion that drove us to fight for justice. I write as one who worked in the fields, I was one of those children, at age five, who joined my single mother while she worked in the fields.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bunny123 on July 30, 2014
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I rented this first and liked it. I plan to use it for a high school Latin American Studies class. I read the review by Dr. Marshall Ganz. I suggest you do the same. His review is also in The Nation. I plan to have the students read his review and watch the movie and critique it.
Thank you Dr. Ganz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AZG21 on August 2, 2014
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This is a very good movie, and I would recommend that everyone watch it on Amazon dot com / and or / purchase their own copy and then show it to their friends and family.

I rented this movie on Amazon dot com, and then watched it two times back to back.

At different times in the movie they have inserted short pieces of actual film footage (black and white film) from the Delano CA. area when these events were actually taking place.

The movie sometimes moves to quickly through the events taking place where I wish the filmmaker's would have spent more time with, instead of rushing from one scene to another scene. But with that being said, it is still a good movie that I believe everyone should watch. This is an important part of our history in this country.

Michael Pena did a good job in the role of Cesar Chavez. Michael also portrayed Sal Castro in the movie Walk Out, which is another good movie that could be shown back to back with this movie.

In this movie it also shows how that after Richard Nixon is elected / selected as president, what looks like the police, the sheriffs dept. and the CHP began beating the strikers with clubs, men, women, and children. These scenes reminded me of the scenes from the movie Walk Out when the police began beating the high school kids in east L.A. with clubs for walking out of their class rooms to protest the inhuman ways in which they were being treated in the government schools.

The first job I ever had when I was a kid, was picking potatoes in the fields just outside of Wasco, which is about 20 miles from Delano. I hope that some day, someone with a bigger budget, will make a longer and more detailed movie about life of Cesar Chavez. But until then, this movie is a good starting place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on September 7, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The film concentrates on the Grape Boycott era of the life of Cesar Chavez (Michael Peña ). The blight of the workers is shown in one quick interview where we find out they don't own anything and are illiterate. Chavez helps them by organizing them and giving them a weekly paper to read. The strike proved ineffective as rich evil Republicans brought illegals into the country to break their back. It wasn't until a national and European boycott of US grapes forced the evil John Malkovich to the table. It was all apparently started by a housewife from Portland.

The film also covers the 25 day hunger strike of Chavez which was broken by black and white nightmares of evil Governor Reagan film footage. The film touches on his rocky relationship with his son and his chauvinistic attitude toward his wife. The charm and organizing ability of Chavez is briefly covered when he had to work the fields to gain the trust of the workers. RFK is also in the film as a Chavez supporter. His death, apparently caused by Reagan and vineyard owners, resulted in immediate shootings of picket line workers.

I enjoyed the part of the Latino community reaching out to help the Filipino community. One of the reasons unions were not as strong as they could have been in America (especially the south) is due to racism. White people don't want black people in their unions which made it easy to break them or keep them from forming.

This is an okay docudrama, but did little to raise my level of awareness or sympathy.

Filmed in Mexico because it would be too hard to find enough legal looking Mexicans in the US.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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