The Mask of Zorro

1998 PG-13 2h 17m DVD

The Mask of Zorro

1998 PG-13 2h 17m DVD
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In this smashing revival of the iconic masked hero, an aging Zorro passes the torch to young successor Alejandro Murrieta, schooling him in discipline and training him to take up the sword against unscrupulous officials.
Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher, Tony Amendola, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., William Marquez, José Pérez , Victor Rivers
Martin Campbell
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film is an action epic, featuring mostly sword fighting and some significantly intense moments of violence and (cartoonish) gore. The film is not suitable for any child who is easily upset by intense action or simulated gore. Teenagers are its target audience, but not much in the film would bother younger children that are used to Hollywood action clichés.

Sexual Content

A playful scene in which the younger Zorro's swashbuckling results in Elena's top falling off. He then kisses her, as she covers her bare breasts with his hat.


Most of the movie is filled with cartoonish swashbuckling, ranging from the very tame to the fairly intense (a number of people get stabbed in the chest by swords). A character presents a severed head and hands in a glass jar to another character off-screen in one disturbing scene. Rafael's men prematurely bury the elder Zorro, resulting in a brief but intense scene in which he knifes his way out of his grave.


There are a few uses of the word "damn," but that's as salty as the film gets.

Social Behavior

In typical action movie style, the film emphasizes the values of heroism in freeing the oppressed from the yoke of tyranny. However, the villains are amoral (see severed head and hands).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character is inebriated, but his transformation from drunk to hero is a moral positive.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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