The Legend of Zorro

Theatrical Release: October 28, 2005
DVD Release: January 31, 2006
The Legend of Zorro


Like the 1998 prequel, this action-adventure, with romance and comedy tossed in, is a fun film that draws laughter, clapping and cheers from its audience. It’s 1850, and land purchaser Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) continues to bear the burden of keeping his alter ego, Zorro, a secret from his 10-year-old son (Adrian Alonso) and all of California. With the toll of the church bell, the people of San Francisco call Zorro to their aid. But de la Vega’s wife and swashbuckling cohort, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), fears their enemies will discover their identity and bring harm to their family. A threat to California’s statehood has arisen, forcing Zorro to wear the mask a little longer and inadvertently bring Elena into the adventure, and the two discover that their nemesis, Armand (Rufus Sewell), has greater aspirations than his flourishing winery. Together they must put a halt to his plan while protecting their son, who has discovered that he is more like his father than anyone knew.

Dove Review

“My family is my life” is Zorro’s new slogan and he means it. Director Martin Campbell could have gone either way with this fun filled, action-packed saga. While he may have come close to pushing the limits with this film, he manages to reel himself in several times and presents the viewer with an overall great family movie.

While younger members of the family may have a hard time with some of the action scenes, parents can feel comfortable in viewing this movie with their teenage kids. This picture has something for everyone. Action, drama, suspense and comedy are all woven together beautifully to give the audience a memorable and exciting time.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Man and woman kiss passionately a couple of times.
Language: OMG-1; H-1; A-1; SOB-1
Violence: There are many scenes of sword fights, kicking, punching, shooting and explosions. There is no blood nor graphic scenes but there is a great deal of fighting.
Drugs: Alcohol used many times; man is drunk once; horse appears drunk once; woman smokes pipe; horse smokes pipe.
Nudity: Near nudity a few times while men are in a tub gambling. Man seen nude by woman who is immediately reprimanded by Priest.
Other: One of the villains has a brand on his cheek in the shape of a cross, calls his guns "Salvation and Damnation" and quotes scripture to justify his behavior. These scenes are offset by a clear faith and respect for God presented by a Priest and the de la Vega family.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Martin Campbell
Genre: Action
Runtime: 130 min.
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Giovanna Zacarías, Raúl Méndez, Mary Crosby, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alexa Benedetti
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe