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The True Story of Che Guevara (History Channel) (2007)

Che Guevara  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Che Guevara
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA2TTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The True Story of Che Guevara (History Channel)" on IMDb

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Balanced Documentary December 20, 2008
Just got done watching this documentary. I thought it was pretty good. It was long enough to cover the subject pretty well and the part that I like the most is that it was balanced in its view of the subject. Che' was portrayed as both an icon and a savior and also as a murderer and fanatic. They had lots of interviews with people who were involved, who knew him and who both loved and hated him. Also a lot of good footage and pictures of the man. If you are interested in the subject or even if you aren't I think you will find the documentary interesting and informative.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced and unbiased December 27, 2009
By Al B.
This is truly a wonderful, insightful documentary. Che was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist, and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. I know all the negative reviews come from Cuban-Americans who's famalies fled Cuba in fear of having to be equal with Afro-Cubans, God forbid. If you need proof look at the famalies who fled during the revolution, white, wealthy Cubans who could not imagine sharing their wealth with Cubans of color. The U.S.-backed Cuban general, President and dictator Fulgencio Batista was corrupt and sold out his country along with other wealthy Cuban famalies to the highest bidder. Cuba was being raped by US corporations and the Mafia while Batista and his wealthy friends turned a blind eye so they could line their pockets with dirty money, money being made on the backs of the poor Cuban people. "Brothels flourished. A major industry grew up around them: Government officials received bribes, policemen collected protection money. Prostitutes could be seen standing in doorways, strolling the streets, or leaning from windows. One report estimated that 11,500 of them worked their trade in Havana. Beyond the outskirts of the capital, beyond the slot machines, was one of the poorest, and most beautiful countries in the Western world. " -- David Detzer, American journalist, after visiting Havana in the 1950s.
Che may not have been perfect but he did believe in equality, so much that he sacrificed his life defending the poor and opressed people of Latin America. Great story told very well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a well-made documentary December 20, 2011
Just finished viewing this documentary, and wanted to write a review to balance the four one-star reviews!

The makers of this documentary succeeded in presenting a fair and even-handed portrayal of the life of Che Guevara. I went into it with a moderately strong bias against the man. (I tend to dislike revolutionaries, who generally seem to me brutal and narcissistic.) After viewing it, I am still not a fan, but I am more sympathetic to him than I was before. It's the kind of sympathy that comes from better understanding.

Those on the Far Right will find this portrait to be too sympathetic; those on the Far Left won't like the filmmaker's refusal to make excuses for Che's brutality. Whenever you piss off both extremes, you're probably doing something right.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars neo Doc May 21, 2007
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Its a good documentary in the fact that it brings to light other people in the revolution, and it has this kind of new way of presenting the man, with lots of hard guitar in the background to make him seem "radical" i guess. Jon Anderson the author of one of the best bio's on him is interviewed many times, also there are interviews with American soldiers who fought in the revolution,which is very interesting to get to see them. Overall it is one of the better documentaries.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair Enough December 2, 2009
I often view western productions regarding the life of any self-proclaimed socialist/Marxist/anarchist with a great deal of skepticism. The same skepticism I would have if I were in Cuba today with a book about Milton Friedman. However, I believe this documentary gave a relatively balanced look into the life of the world's most famous icon.

The documentary is primarily narrated by one of the greatest authorities on the history of Che, author of "Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life", John Lee Anderson. Much time is also given to Felix Rodriguez, the CIA operative who interrogated and carried out orders to execute Che. In one of the best parts of the documentary, American teens who were in Cuba at the time and joined Castro's rebel force, speak on their experiences during and after the revolution. References to Americans assisting in the Cuban revolution are normally quite obscure.

The documentaries greatest success is that is forces you to think regardless of how you personally feel about the man. The tendency when exploring the life of Che is to make him a mini-Castro who posses few thoughts of his own outside of Fidel's authoritarian vision (Fidel's supposed socialism is also called into question). No such perspective is given here. Che is presented as a vocal opponent of both the USSR and subsequently the Cuban Communist Party. He's portrayed as a humanist and completely selfless, commonly sacrificing his one free day of the week to volunteer with the peasantry. Militarily Che is also portrayed as being quite the leader during the Cuban revolution.

Conversely the more controversial moments of Che's history are not neglected. Che's summary executions of traitors is explored on several occasions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Che
History channel does a great job in bringing all the collected facts to this revolutionaries life. A very worth while watch and addition to my library.
Published 6 months ago by jjimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Che - So sad
must have dvd for anyone who collects movies. good production. Che is "THE Revolutionist . He is the real Freedom Fighter" see this documentary and make your own call. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Komal Kowlessar
5.0 out of 5 stars For History/Sociology fans.
A good read, one has to admire determination and willing to give one's all for a cause. The reader should make the judgement. Read more
Published 20 months ago by K.M.Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Documentry
This is a piece of trash, The movie did not even give 20% credible information. I was shocked when I seen how anti-Che the History network is, maybe they the 1% that this county is... Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Letmebeat
1.0 out of 5 stars The true Story of Che. Guevera (History Channel).
Don't waste your money on this DVD
it stinks. Thier are vey few pictures of Che and it isn't even
a true Documentery. I fell a sleep while watching it.!!!
Published on October 18, 2011 by Uncle Buck
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
I threw this in the trash after watching it. This "documentary" is more like the CIA/United States opinion of Che's life. Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Paco Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Given as a gift
Not my type of movie but was requested by someone for Christmas. He liked it a lot
Published on February 6, 2010 by N. Plumblee
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good
This was overall a good documentary of Che. It still has some bias, but in general a good learning tool!
Published on January 7, 2010 by Melinda Taylor Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! Boring Cliche.
Very funny, this is coming from the man who said to Felix Rodriguez: " I am worth more alive than Dead to you! Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by Jose Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate
It's a pretty honest portrayal of a person, for some a monster, for some a hero, but just a human been with poor judgement in the enforcing of his ideas, so extreme that led him to... Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by A. Osio
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