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Cesar Chavez (2014)

  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 338 votes 
  • Genre: Biography
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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Cesar Chavez (2014)


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  • IMDb page: Cesar Chavez (2014)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 338 votes 
  • Genre: Biography
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Sonora, Mexico
  • Director: Diego Luna
  • Stars: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Michael Brook   
  • Soundtrack: Beale Street Blues
  • Plot Keyword: Farm | Farm Worker | Labor Union | Union Organizer | Migrant Worker

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Keir Pearson  screenplay
  • Timothy J. Sexton 

Known Trivia

    Plot: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Full summary » |  »

    Story: Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells 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. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life 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. Written byPantelion Films

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Pablo Cruz known as producer
    • Lauren Dark known as line producer: reshoots, UK
    • Gael García Bernal known as executive producer
    • Lianne Halfon known as producer
    • Diego Luna known as producer
    • John Malkovich known as executive producer
    • Larry Meli known as producer
    • Eamon O'Farrill known as line producer
    • Keir Pearson known as producer
    • Arturo Sampson known as line producer
    • Russell Smith known as producer
    • Georgina Terán known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Kerry Adra known as American Lady
    • Maynor Alvarado known as Chato Chavez
    • Yancey Arias known as Gilbert Padilla
    • Wes Bentley known as Jerry Cohen
    • Sara Banerjee known as Concerned Mother #1
    • Liv Boughn known as Concerned Mother #2
    • Darion Basco known as Larry Itliong
    • Lisa Brenner known as Jackie Stringer
    • Duncan Bridgeman known as Anchor
    • Aldo Ceceña known as Chucho
    • Michael Cudlitz known as Sherriff Smith
    • Roger Cudney known as Grower
    • Rosario Dawson known as Dolores Huerta
    • America Ferrera known as Helen Chavez
    • Rodolfo Figueroa known as Mexican Farmer
    • Sarah Finigan known as UK Union Lady
    • Joe Gandurski known as Senator Murphy
    • Noé Hernández known as Juan de la Cruz
    • Jack Holmes known as Sen. Kennedy
    • Andre Linnartz known as Deputy
    • John Malkovich known as Bogdanovich Senior
    • Gabriel Mann known as Bogdanovich Junior
    • Lorena McGregor known as Sylvia Chavez
    • Jamie Michie known as UK Union Leader
    • Mark Moses known as Fred Ross
    • John Ortiz known as Eli Ordonez
    • Michael Peña known as Cesar Chavez
    • Ron Perkins known as Grower Jack
    • Julian Sands known as Victore Representative
    • Mayra Serbulo known as Maria
    • Roberto Sosa known as Librado Chavez
    • Mariano Sosa known as Priest #1
    • Héctor Suárez Gomiz known as Incredulous Farm Worker
    • Eli Vargas known as Fernando Chavez
    • Jacob Vargas known as Richard Chavez
    • Claudia de Vasco known as Petra (as Claudia Vázquez)
    • Dennis Ford known as Foreman
    • Cesar Chavez known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
    • Vivis Colombetti known as Maria (uncredited)
    • Debi Derryberry known as (uncredited)
    • Adriana Diaz Chapa known as Activist (uncredited)
    • Kevin Dunn known as Dr. Arlo (uncredited)
    • Spencer Garrett known as Quinlan (uncredited)
    • Danny Jackson known as Campaign Worker (uncredited)
    • Peter Jason known as Almaden Lawyer (uncredited)
    • Mat Lageman known as Deputy (uncredited)
    • Carol McFadden known as Sena (uncredited)
    • Wilhelmina McFadden known as Sheeba Garcia (uncredited)
    • Emilio Merritt known as Supermarket Employee (uncredited)
    • Richard Nixon known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
    • Stuart J. Prowse known as Warehouse Worker (uncredited)
    • Ronald Reagan known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
    • Rodrigo Santacruz known as American (uncredited)
    • Julian Seager known as Chavez Supporter (uncredited)
    • Len Visser known as Campaigning Worker (uncredited)
    • Roland Watson known as Civilian (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Jo Allen known as makeup & hair designer
    • Jo Allen known as special makeup designer
    • Hayley Barkway known as make-up and hair trainee
    • Ruth Bermudo known as makeup artist
    • Lucy Browne known as makeup artist
    • Tilly Calder known as makeup artist
    • Lauren Katie Cox known as make-up and hair trainee
    • David Dorling known as hairdresser
    • Mark English known as senior hairdresser
    • Evan Gonzalez known as makeup/hair coordinator
    • Laura Lilley known as hair stylist
    • Laura Lilley known as makeup artist
    • Connie Parker known as makeup department head
    • Stephanie Lynne Smith known as make-up and hair artist
    • Clinton Wayne known as prosthetic makeup designer
    • Tracey Wells known as senior hairdresser
    • Luis David Esquivel known as barber (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Nidia Maciel known as graphic designer
    • Adam McCreight known as property master
    • Andres Paz known as painter
    • Colin Thurston known as property master




    Production Companies:

    • Canana Films
    • Equipment & Film Design (co-production)
    • Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ
    • Mr. Mudd
    • Participant Media

    Other Companies:

    • Cinelicious  digital film restoration
    • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
    • EFilm  digital intermediate
    • Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman  legal support
    • Let It Cast  casting powered by


    • Lionsgate (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Pantelion Films (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Participant Media (2013) (USA) (theatrical)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • W.M. Creations (prosthetic make-up)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Giselle Amkie known as compositor
    • Gus Duron known as optical editor
    • Gus Duron known as visual effects
    • Juan Carlos Lepe known as visual effects artist
    • Miguel Lizarraga known as matte painting
    • Yabin Morales known as compositor
    • Edgar Piña known as visual effects artist
    • Raul Prado known as visual effects supervisor
    • Doug Spilatro known as visual effects artist

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violence and language



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      Cesar Chavez was very warmly received during its North AmericanPremiere at Austin's SXSW Film where it won one of the audience awards.Director Diego Luna has done an excellent job in bringing thisimportant and often poorly understood civil right and labor leader tolife for a new generation. Michael Pena delivers his best actingperformance to date as he really seems to capture the essence ofChavez. The film is reminiscent of other films about leading socialorganizers such as Milk which is also set in California in about thesame time period. The film focuses on the major events of hisorganizing including the boycott of grapes which eventually forced thegrape growers to reach an agreement with the United Farm Workers (UFW).The film also emphasizes his dedication to the cause of non-violenceand his efforts to work across ethnic lines. While all such films areimperfect vehicles for encapsulating an individual's life, I felt thisone did solid job of capturing the spirit of Cesar Chavez. It alsoshowed the difficulties his work caused for his family. I think thisfilm could be very valuable as an educational tool for teaching youngpeople about the legacy of Cesar Chavez. I hope that it is gains somepopularity with mainstream audiences.

    2. larazafour from San Diego
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      This movie was as accurate and as realistic as it could be when packingmany years of struggle into 100 minutes. There are many lessons to belearned from La Causa. I just hope that young people see it, learn fromit and connect it to today's struggles.

      Some uninformed people may feel that Michael Pena's acting isweak..that couldn't be further from the truth. Pena portrayed Cesar theway he was…soft-spoken and undramatic. That was the amazing thing..Cesar Chavez was driven by his passion for justice. He was not apolitician. He was not an eloquent public speaker. Yet he inspiredmillions to boycott, march, strike, struggle because his cause was somoral, so real, so grass roots.

    3. Brianna Fimbres from Los Angeles
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      Director Diego Luna's picture does more than recount historic events oran epic period in our nation's history. It is more than a moving—andtrue—David versus Goliath story.

      Cesar Chavez the film does portray the classic battle between farmworkers and one of California's richest industries. But it alsocaptures the personal hardships and sacrifices made by Cesar and hisfamily, and by so many other families.

      And it captures the spirit and humanity and complexity of a man who, inCesar's words, taught ordinary people to do extraordinary things—and inso doing inspired millions of others from all walks of life to socialand political activism.

    4. chavezmoviejc from Los Angeles
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      The Cesar Chavez movie is a great film. It is very inspirational as itexplores the hardships and triumphs of organizing those who are mostunderrepresented in out nation. This movie is not only entertaining,but a very important educational piece of our nation's history and ourworld history. The movie keeps you interested with drama, moments thatmake you smile, moments of sadness, moments that keep you wanting toknow what happens next, and moments that make you want to go out andorganize for peace, equality, and social justice. This film is a greattool to be used for students to learn about Cesar Chavez, for familiesto understand who picks the food on their table, and for people aroundthe world who want to make this world a better place.

    5. bbickley13-921-58664
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      I don't know much about Caesar Chavez. the only thing I knew for surewas that he fought for union rights during the Civil rights movementand that he went on a hunger strike for this reason. Now, I'm not theone to use a movie as a history lesson but I figure the part of abouthim leading his workers on work strike for 5 years to achieve a betterunion for Farmers and starting a credit union for them must be correct.Since the movie is named after the man himself, that's what it shouldfocus on more, the man himself.

      In what was a big career move for Micheal Pena his performance as thegreat Chavez was so-so. maybe this is what the filmmakers wanted inorder to portray how just an ordinary man changed so many lives.However, Pena's presence on the big screen was not big enough. Of whatshould have been an inspiring story , I felt no inspiration. It justwas not strong enough to convince me to rise up ageist anyone. Unlikethe two movies that came out last year about Nelson Mandela, incomparison to Idris Elba, whose performance was strong and demanding toTerrence Howard, whose version of Mandela was not even the focal pointof the movie Winnie Mandela, just made me believe in a cause that, Iwill admit, thought I knew about but really did not.

      I'll give the movie an A for effort as I'm sure their are not manyfilms about this important figure in American History and hope that thenext person doing his story in a movie will find someone a little moreconvincing.

    6. ministryman678 from United States
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      First off I'm just writing this review as a Movie. I'm not here to talkabout if the way they portrayed Cesar Chavez historically accurate withit's shining spotlight on an Mexican hero with biased display. Norather just the Movie itself. I just though it would be interesting tosee the biopic of the man who helped farm workers and the people aroundmy community.

      Well I thought it was satisfying. Didn't get out of the theater toexcited. The movie gives us a glimpse of Cesar Chavez humble origins.With flashback recounts and the "spark" that led him to become theperson we know him today. I come to wonder though if some of the stuffpresented WAS actually accurate. It seems like most movies that dealwith one man had to make him the most heroic, most problem-convenientsolver that helped the people and was able to stick it to the Man. Thenagain this is Hollywood.

      I thought the performance by Pena was really good. Though I wasn't evenborn when Cesar was around, I cant really say that he was the perfectactor for him, since you know I never met the real guy. But overall hedelivers a realistic performance (maybe a bit too brave in my opinion)that I couldn't really complain about. This will surely bump hiscareer. Heck I just saw him listed in Ant-Man.

      John Malkovich was good. He displayed the angry white guy well. Enoughto say "yes this is how someone would act if they were trying to stompout those 'darn' Mexicans". Having him as one of the lead roles madethe movie memorable. Did his character really exist?

      As far the story, it was easy to follow. It wasn't confusing. I thinkthis director has good potential for future films.

      My only problems that I have was some things just came in toconvenient, too clichéd for me to say "oh yeah, I'm sure that reallyhappened". Some things fell into place right on time. Like the factthat there was no negativity towards the movement at all. I could havesworn that this "non-violent" movement did have some violence (notsaying that Cesar Chavez was violent, but that EVERY SINGLE person thatsupported this movement was not violent? eh idk lets look at somehistory records).

      But if you like Cesar Chavez as the historical figure, I think thisfilm balances well as a biopic. Nothing too great to be praiseworthyabout as far as being Oscar material, other than we finally get a movieabout a Mexican hero. Overall I enjoyed watching it.


    7. czamora519 from New Mexico
      31 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

      Cesar Chavez was a great movie! I highly recommend it for every personconcerned with the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Democracy. Itshows how one man and a non-violent movement can create social change,and that is true democracy. It was wonderful and inspiring! AmericaFerrera was brilliant and powerful in this role. I think this has beenher best performance to date. Rosario Dawson is strong and smart, awonderful role for her. I can't even begin to describe the brilliancebehind Michael Peña's performance. He truly brought the character tolife and was the beacon of light for this movie. I encourage everyoneto go see this movie.

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