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The Mask of Zorro
Review by Ross Anthony

The Mask of ZorroOh it's fun. An old-fashioned, good-hearted action film with a sense of humor.

An aging zero (Hopkins) seeks an apprentice (Banderas) to take over the mask. Excellent makeup on Hopkins, by the way; he spans at least twenty years. The plot thickens when Banderas falls for Hopkin's daughter (Zeta-Jones).

Feels longer than need be, sporting a climax bulked over artificially with action, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it.

Good performances by all with a hint of tongue and cheek from the director.

My viewing was by way of video rental, bet it looked great on the big screen!

  • The Mask of Zorro. Rated PG-13. 2hours-18min.
  • Starring Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • Directed by Martin Campbell.
  • Written by Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, John Eskow.
  • Story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Randall Jahnson.
  • Produced by some people at TriStar.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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