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Zorro the swashbuckling hero of the undertrodden was introduced to the world in 1919 when he debuted in the pages of Johnston McCulleys serialized novel The Curse of Capistrano Within a year the masked man had appeared in a film the silent The Mark of Zorro Over the next eight decades Zorro would be played by many and now both Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas The Mask of Zorro a 90s attempt to revive interest in the venerable hero offers just what one might reasonably expect from a Zorro movie a great deal of excitement and adventure all brought to the screen by using a somewhat irreverent tone that keeps the mood light without trivializing the characters The Mask of Zorro treats us to the sight of not one but two Zorros When the film opens in 1821 the mask is worn by Don Diego De La Vega Anthony Hopkins He is the original Zorro the mysterious avenger who defends Mexico against its foes including his arch-enemy Don Rafael Montero Stuart Wilson the cruel governor of the region But on the night of Zorros final public appearance Montero learns his identity and takes a squadron of guards to De La Vegas abode There in a tragic accident De La Vegas beloved wife is murderd Montero then imprisons his enemy and takes De La Vegas infant daughter as his own Twenty years later that daughter Elena Catherine Zeta Jones has grown into a beautiful woman With her by his side Montero triumphantly returns from exile with plans to turn California into an independent republic Monteros reappearance awakens a long-dormant passion in De La Vega who has spent two decades in dungeons and he escapes Soon after he encounters a thief on the run from the law Alejandro Murrieta Antonio Banderas who as a child once did Zorro a favor After a brief period of deliberation De La Vega decides that fate has brought them
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