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Year: 2004
USA: Focus Features
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mia Maestro, Mercedes Moran, Jorge Chiarella, Jaime Azocar, Sofia Bertolotto, Ulises Dumont, Facundo Espinosa, Susana Lanteri, Jean Pierre Noher, Gustavo Pastorini, Lucas Oro, Marina Glezer, Franco Solazzi, Ricardo Diaz Mourelle, Sergio Boris, Daniel Kargieman, Diego Giorzi, Matias Gómez, Diego Treu, Ariel Verdún, Gustavo Mansilla, Mia Maestro, Natalia Lobo, Maida Andrenacci, Barbara Lombardo, Dana Frijoli, Valeria Echeverria, Ariel Prieto, Matias Strafe, Nicolas Watson, Carlos Rivkin, Elvio Suarez, Pablo Villarrazza, Liliana Kolinsky, Guillermo Ojeda, Oscar Alegre, Fernando Ignacio Llosa, Marta Lubos, Jaime Azucar, Cristian F Chaparro, Cristian Arancibia, Gabriela Aguilera, Juan Maliqueo, Samuel Cifuentes, Constanza B Majluf, Evelyn Ibarra, Victor Hugo Ogaz, Fernando Farias, Maximiliano Toledo, Cesar Lopez, Pablo Macaya, Rosa Curihuentro, Erto Pantoja, Vladimir Paredes, Brandon Cruz, Vilma M Verdejo, Maria Esther Zamora, "Pollito" Gonzalez, Jorge Lobos, Cuti Aste, Robert Lindl, Gustavo Morales, Gustavo Bueno, Maria Beatriz Abele, Jonathan Balbis, Matias Delgado Rizzi, Jorge Rodriguez Paz, Jackelyn Vasquez, Ernesto Cabrejos, Victor angeles, Willy Gutierrez, Gerald Mayeux, Matias Gomez, Jorge Chiarella, Ricardo Velazquez, Carolina Infante, Nidia Bermejo, Carlos "Caitro" Soto De La Colina, Delfina Paredes, Nemesio Reyes, Hernan Herrera, Antonella Costa, Igor Calvo
Director: Walter Salles
Countries: USA / Germany / UK / Argentina / Chile / Peru
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
UK: 126 mins
USA Rated: R for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 1 October 2004 (Limited Release - wider)
USA Release Date: 24 September 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 27 August 2004


In 1952 two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23 year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The film follows the young men as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.

With a highly romantic sense of adventure, the two friends leave their familiar surroundings in Buenos Aires on a rickety 1939 Norton 500. Although the bike breaks down in the course of their eight-month journey, they press onward, hitching rides along the way. As they begin to see a different Latin America in the people they meet on the road, the diverse geography they encounter begins to reflect their own shifting perspectives. They continue to the heights of Machu Picchu, where the majestic ruins and the extraordinary significance of the Inca heritage have a profound impact on the young men. As they arrive at a leper colony deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the two are beginning to question the value of progress as defined by economic systems that leave so many people beyond their reach. Their experiences at the colony awaken within them the men they will later become by defining the ethical and political journey they will take in their lives.

Based on the journals of both Alberto Granado and the man who would later become "El Che," THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES follows a journey of self-discovery, tracing the origins of a revolutionary heart.


Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Sound Quality: 5.1
DVD Special Features: Interview with Alberto Granado

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