From The Spaghetti Western Database
Zorro (Italy, France 1974 / Director: Duccio Tessari)
- Runtime: 125 min
- Release Date: 6.3.1975
Also known as
El Zorro (Spain) | A Marca do Zorro (Brazil) | Zoro (Japan)
Cast and crew
- Cast: Alain Delon (Don Diego, El Zorro), Ottavia Piccolo (Contessina Ortensia Pulido), Enzo Cerusico (Joaquín), Moustache (Sergeant Garcia), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart [as Giacomo Rossi Stuart](Fritz von Merkel), Giampiero Albertini (Brother Francisco), Marino Masé (Miguel Vega de la Serna), Raika Juri [as Rajka Jurcec[(Maria), Adriana Asti (Aunt Carmen), Stanley Baker (Colonel Huerta), Yvan Chiffre (tavern assassin, maestro d'armi)
- Also with: Gaetano Scala (tavern assassin), Lina Franchi (tavern housekeeper), Franca Scagnetti (tavern busgirl), Paulino Rito (Chico), Tito Garcia (street chicken vendor), José Riesgo (street grocer), Fabían Conde (goat vendor, juror), Rafael Albaicín (juror), Vicente Roca (nobleman, juror), Antonio Orengo (nobleman), Ángel Menéndez (Señor Pulido), Domenico Cianfriglia (Huerta soldier), Franco Ukmar (Huerta soldier), Arnaldo Dell'Acqua (Huerta guard)
- Screenplay: Giorgio Arlorio
- Cinematography: Giulio Albonico [Eastmancolor - Panoramico 1,85:1]
- Camera Operator: Nino Celeste
- Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
- Songs: "Zorro is back" + "To you mi chica" sung by Oliver Onions
The internationally produced Zorro is set in South America instead of the California locales of the series. Alain Delon stars as the newly appointed governor who immediately butts heads with corrupt Colonel Huerta (Stanley Baker). To rescue the peasants from Huerta's despotry, the governor becomes the caped-and-masked do-gooder Zorro. The film never really takes itself seriously, not even during the final, well-staged duel between Zorro and Huerta.
There were already several Zorro films made alongside the SW craze (most of them just like this one not really westerns), but Tessari's and Delon's version was the first with a major budget. Unfortunately it was also a major disappointment for both the star and his director. In this family friendly and much too jokey film the boots of Douglas Fairbanks and Tyrone Power are much too big for Alain Delon.