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Cabeza De Vaca (1991)

Cast: Juan Diego, Juan Diego, Roberto Sosa, more...
Director: Nicolas Echevarria, Nicolas Echevarria
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Concorde
Genre: Action, Drama, Foreign, Biopics, Spain, Adventure, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

With little dialog and exquisite, almost documentary-like images, Cabeza de Vaca offers a fascinating (if not mystical and at times just plain puzzling) foray back to early 16th-century America as it chronicles the exploits of the explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca as he spends eight years traversing the wild lands surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. The story itself is based on the book Naufragio, Cabeza de Vaca's personal account. Cabeza de Vaca was the ship's treasurer on an ill-fated expedition to America. Marooned on the densely jungled Florida coast he becomes the unwilling guest of the Iguase Indians (for added realism and to help audiences understand how Cabeza de Vaca felt, the Native speech is not translated). He is enslaved and much of the story centers on his coming to grips with his strange new life and the people around him. Eventually he is taken to a powerful Iguase shaman who teaches him the healing arts, skills he is able to put to amazing use during his amazing journey. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

decent but mostly fictional by ekittell November 27, 2002 - 12:03 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film is very loosely based on the true story. I recommend reading Cabeza de Vaca's first hand account in order to get a real sense of just how bizarre his 8 years in Texas (not Florida) really were.

GreenCine Member Rating

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