Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

DVD - 2014
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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 individualś ability to change the world.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2014]
Branch Call Number: BluRay Drama Cesar
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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ebarteldes Jan 31, 2015

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.

7duffy Dec 15, 2014

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.

kevfarley Sep 29, 2014

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

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john_doh17
Aug 12, 2014

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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