Cesar Chavez

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Cesar Chavez
The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. He inspired millions of Americans who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world.

Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, Pantelion, LLC :, Lionsgate ,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) :,sound, color with black & white sequence ;,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Jan 31, 2015
  • ebarteldes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well-made biopic, and the casting was pretty perfect - some of the actors were surprising. For instance, I had never seen America Ferrera in a real drama (Traveling Pants doesn't count), and she did a good job. What doesn't make sense is that many of his strikes - which took place in different eras - were lumped together.

Dec 25, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately, this type of bio-pic is not new. However, knowing that the historical Cesar Chavez was a good man who did bring focus on the undocumented worker's work conditions, made the movie somewhat compelling. Its a good story, that has been done before (Mandela, Ghandi), but it is told poorly, almost to the point of boredom here: i.e. Chavez' famous hunger strike is never fully explained or is it indicated why it ended. Interesting how they lumped Reagan & Nixon together as the common enemy, when in reality, they were politically far apart. America Ferrara and John Malkovich are good in their roles and the lead, Michael Pena, is adequate.

Sep 29, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good biopic about a heroic cause, a determined leader, and a difficult fight.
(Perhaps slightly idealized, and soapy domesticly.)

Aug 12, 2014
  • john_doh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I rated this above average mainly due to the story of Mr. Chavez. The acting was average, and the story a bit idealized/Hollywood, but it remains a compelling tale of how those who actually put our food on the table are treated, and fighting for some justice for them. That was an very powerful tale. While they won the battle they lost the war based on how workers are treated even today (better but still not fair- people want $.69 a pound tomatoes and they don't care if they are picked by slave labor or not). Mr. Chavez made people care, at least for a little while. While probably an idealized portrait, he seems like we was a good man fighting for justice.


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