The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.




  • Gael García Bernal at an event for The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
  • Gustavo Bueno and Gael García Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
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  • Gael García Bernal and Walter Salles at an event for The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
  • Gael García Bernal at an event for The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
  • Gael García Bernal and Walter Salles in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

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Cast & Crew

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Walter Salles


Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (book), Alberto Granado (book), Jose Rivera (screenplay)

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8 December 2004 | gauad
| Great acting, direction and story - Oscar worthy
This movie is based on the true story that took Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) on a road trip all across and along South America in the 1950's. The script/direction elegantly avoids any politics or similar. Its focus is on the human transformation of two young Argentine professionals, a turning point in their lives, who decide to see their continent with their own eyes. This movie only covers Che Guevara's life BEFORE he became the famous Che Guevara. Most of us would agree with Che's goals but less, I guess, would agree with his means. However, the movie concentrates on how the world changed Ernesto which in turn led him to try to change the world. The movie ends at the end of their road trip. I understand that there is another movie in the making (with Benicio del Toro) which will show the rest of Che' s life, with politics and flying bullets included. The acting of the movie is first class: Gael Garcia Bernal performs at his best; however it is Rodrigo de la Serna's performance the one that is simply outstanding; not only he represents Granado's as a funny, outgoing character, but he also highlights Gael's characterization of Guevara. Great photography, humor, action, and drama are all ingredients of this movie. If you want to watch a movie that deals with reality and that contrasts with Hollywood's fantasies, this is your movie. You'll laugh, may be cry, but for sure you'll leave the theater thinking about a few things. Finally, this movie ironically represents Che's ultimate goal, a unified continent: the director is Brazilian, the main actor Mexican, the main actress and supporting actor Argentinean, the script writer is from Puerto Rico and the producer, Robert Redford is American. And, the movie was filmed in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Length: 2hs 04 min.

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Release Date:

15 October 2004


Spanish, Quechua, Mapudungun

Country of Origin

Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, France

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Opening Weekend USA:

$159,819 26 September 2004

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