Zorro (1990)

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Zorro (1990)

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Duncan Regehr starred as the Spanish fox in eighty-eight episodes of the 1989-94 series. The international team of producers included New World Television and the Family Channel in the U. S., Canal Plus in France, Beta TV in Germany and Italy's RAI. The show was shot outside Madrid with a crew from Spain, England and the US. Patrice Martinez starred as Victoria Escalante, the feisty tavern owner and Zorro's ongoing love interest. To appeal to the youth market, Zorro's aide became a young orphaned boy named Felipe, played by Juan Diego Botto. James Victor played the inept but endearing Sergeant Mendoza, a variation on the traditional role of Sergeant Garcia. The villainous Alcalde, Luis Ramone, initially starred Michael Tylo. In the final season, Tylo was replaced by John Hertzler. Henry Darrow began the series second season as Diego's father, Alejandro, replacing Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Darrow had previously been the voice of Zorro in the animated Filmation series and played Zorro in the live action comedy series, Zorro and Son. After the National Education Association (NEA) recommended Zorro for viewing, The Family Channel sponsored the series' airing on Cable in the Classroom. Alma Burnette, a media specialist in the Covington Independent School District of Kentucky, developed a teachers' guide for ten episodes which the Family Channel disseminated to educators nationwide.

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Duncan Regehr

Duncan Regehr

Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro

Patrice Camhi

Patrice Camhi

Victoria Escalante

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Don Alejandro de la Vega

J.G. Hertzler

J.G. Hertzler

Alcalde Ignacio De Soto

Juan Diego Botto

Juan Diego Botto

Felipe

Michael Tylo

Michael Tylo

Alcalde Luis Ramone

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  • New World (Family Channel) Zorro will be available on DVD in December 2010 through A&E Video. Please click on my review for further details. A fun entertaining family friendly show that Zorro fans of all ages are sure to love.moreless

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    New World (Family Channel) Zorro will be availble on DVD in December 2010 through A&E Video. The show will include may bonus features. ONE of the special features that will be on the DVD release is the never before seen pilot episode.



    Check out the official Zorro website at Zorro.com



    Please check out the New World Zorro fan site at http://www.newworldzorro.com/ for more details. Also please feel free to join the New World Zorro Yahoo group for further information and discussion if you're not already a member.

    http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/New_World_Zorro/?yguid=402499340 There's also a new world zorro facebook page titled: From out of the night... a hero must risemoreless
  • Little naive but a very good adventure and something for kids and even for older people..

    8.5
    I think I was quite a kid when I first saw it and then it caught me by the action.. I mean.. Zorro, a man who helps the poor and unfortunate. He is hero and I think it that age.. heroism, an adventure and beautiful romance, secrets and all that just worked it magic.



    But now.. after years later, I happened to see it again. And for my surprised, I discovered a totally new sides of the show.



    I cannot say it is perfectly done. In so many ways, I look it, and it has that plain nativity in many levels (ala how noone realize Diego is Zorro and good guys always win), there is much childish and some weird low budget things (ala all night scenes shot in day and then turned darker) but if you manage to overlook all that (and maybe it is not even required), a really beautiful story is unfolded.



    I cannot say, again, that all main cast do stunning acting. Maybe they do and you just do not notice it, as it is so expected. I think some chars are maybe too plain (like Victoria but even she has more in her than just beautiful girl waiting for her hero). Some characters are more complex and that somehow balances it. But I think most people are not expecting complex from that show - it is that something you can watch and enjoy.



    For me, the best thing probably is the characters. I mean, Diego is the portray of what many people should be - heroic, self sacrificing, ready to help others, curious.. that kind of things that are expected of good person and maybe it does serve it purpose - having that pure good char. And then there is Filippe, an enigmatic char. And to be honest, to see trough that complex char was one of the best discoveries for me when I saw this show again. And Victoria - maybe little simple but purely good, very beautiful, good willing and caring. And against them there is Mendoza.. I think the fun part of this show but honestly, I hardly ever laugh over him. But I think to play so miserable and failing guy, it has to be good work. And Alcaldes.. two of them but I think they had much in same in personalities. A warning what not to become..



    So.. to consider it is a family show, light entertainment and not meant to have deep meaning, it is really enjoyable show - with really great cast (they did chose those well, credit for that), little naive storilines but there is still something I have not figured out that really impacted me.. great showmoreless
  • Classic family action adventure with the first superhero of the New World; the elusive and clever Zorro. Fighting injustice and saving the damsel in distress - What else do you want?moreless

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    This show has a very special place in my heart and I will always love it and oversee it's flaws if it ever had any!

    I realise that it was low budget and many of the episodes were mediocre and even bad at times, but the good episodes totally make up for that. In fact, some of the worst episodes are only bad because they brought in guest actors who really didn't fit in. The main cast always did a brilliant job no matter what. I watched this show as a kid and was obsessed with it for years. When the show ended I thought my world would end as well, but luckily there is a small and loyal fanbase for this show with people with amazing writing skills. Fanfiction was my saviour.

    It has everything needed for a family show and it never had to rely on blood, sex or brutal violence to capture an audience. The characters were very lovable and it had very good educational values. The show grew as it progressed and in the later seasons the story lines grew darker and more serious. I often wonder what would have become of the show if it was not on the Family Channel and of course, everyone wondered what happened after the last unresolved cliffhanger episode.

    If you are looking for a show with old fashion action and romance, then The new World Zorro is the show to watch.moreless
  • Just the next Zorro series...

    7.2
    I found this movie and another at our public SF library and was happy to see them. This movie is entitled "Zorro, The Legend Begins" and offers Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Stephanie Zimbalist of Remington Steel fame is his daughter) as Zorro's father. The one difference in this telling of Zorro is his younger deaf mute companion.



    The film starts off with Don Diego (Zorro) as a young man sent from his father's prosperous ranch in a small Mexican village to a bigger city to broaden his education and to train with a famous swordsman. Diego returns many years later, his little deaf mute playmate has grown up as has the lovely Victoria (Patrice Camhi) who now runs the local tavern. The town is controlled by a vicious "Alcade" (Michael Tylo) who taxes the poor ranchers and tax people and is brutal to them. Zorro is being chased by the soldiers when he falls over a cliff and his horse goes back to the ranch to fetch Felipe (Juan Botta, the young deaf mute. As he lay there he takes us back through his memories of his life as Zorro. We learn how and why Don Diego creates his Zorro identity and watch as he saves the townspeople from the cruel Alcade.



    This is not a cheesy production. The costumes are well done as are the sets, including a glorious clipper ship that is real and takes Don Diego on his journey to learn how to be an expert swordsman. I'm hoping there are many more of these productions that I just haven't found yet. The second flim in this series (that I will review also) is entitled: Zorro: A Conspiracy of Blood. Apparently these movies were created for television. They are all in color and about 100 minutes long (1 hour 40 minutes).moreless
  • One of the best! Too long overlooked and features excellent acting and good story lines. Features great action sequences; best of all is the very appealing romance between Duncan Regehr's dashing Zorro and his lovely Victoria, beautiful Patrice Martinez.moreless

    10
    Terrific acting, interesting stories, memorable characters, always a favorite. This is the very best version of Zorro. A really neat feature of the series was the development of the characters; they grew and changed with time and their relationships became more and more interesting. Duncan Regehr plays Zorro with verve, style and individuality; he doesn't try to copy the Disney version. His background as a boxer and ice skater, as well as an artist and poet serve him well here; and he has that indefinable charm and zest which only a few actors can deliver. Regehr gives his own unique flavor - his great looks don't hurt, but he is also athletic, intense, and possesses a very romantic and mysterious edge while making Diego a believably attractive and intelligent but bland alter ego to the swashbuckling Zorro. Yet Diego comes across as a very real and sympathetic hero as flashes of his frustration and his difficulties keeping his two lives separate are evident as well. Patrice Martinez really creates the role of Victoria, Diego/Zorro's love interest, a beautiful tavern keeper who is an independent and fiery senorita but also a hopelessly in love woman who waits faithfully for her sweetheart, never really knowing his true identity. She is truly delightful and you can't help but cheer for this couple. Zorro's very real fear of losing his love if she discovers his identity as Diego gives the relationship extra tension and longing. Other characters are very well acted and enjoyable, including Felipe, Diego's deaf servant, more like a family member, Sgt. Jaime Mendoza, two successive alcaldes and Efrem Zimbalist followed by Henry Darrow as Diego's father. The only disappointment is that the series ended in midseason, with a lot of plot lines left incomplete.moreless
  • Zorro-1990
    This version of Zorro was perhaps the best of the original series that used to air on CBN/The Family Channel in the late 1980s, ea...
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