Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara!

In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The tale follows their journey as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for quite some time, numerous people have mentioned it to me (I have quite a few friends into motorbikes, so they came across it first).

Other than that it’s also reputed to be a very good film.

It’s the tale of Che Guevara (Dr. Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna) in his early days, before he was a revolutionary and before he became the legend he is today, he of course famous for being the Argentinian-born Marxist revolutionary and Cuban guerrilla leader involved with Fidel Castro.

It’s a beautifully subtle film documenting the personal development of Che and you could say, the things that changed him and led him to become someone that wanted to make some changes.

The film is based on diaries and letters to home written by Ernesto “Che” Guevara during a motorcycle and foot tour of a significant portion of South America during the early 1950, he started from their native Buenos Aires down to Patagonia, up through Chile, Peru, Colombia to Venezuela.

The solidarity of the journey is very touching and the scenery is breathtaking like a National Geographic documentary.

It’s a movie well worth watching and I recommend grabbing a copy if you can find it!

I’ve always wanted to visit that region anyway, the andes, the amazon, but this film exemplifies the beauty.

I’d give it a great 8/10!

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8 Responses to Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara!

  1. kimberlycun November 27, 2005 at 7:06 am #

    it’s a good, moving movie and timely one too. at a time when dumbassess who dont know the significance of che go around wearing his likeness on tee-shirts or with a monkey superimposed over his face as fashion statements.

  2. victor November 27, 2005 at 9:10 am #

    Nowadays you can see those Stupid Posers that knows squat wearing Che Guevara’s T-shirt which clearly a bunch of morons. They think Che Guevara = skaters = gangsters = cool. Stupid and not cool. This is great man. Motocycles. Yeah i love motocycles too. But Ducati. Hmm..

  3. andrew November 27, 2005 at 7:02 pm #

    That movie is good. Very slow moving but really really nice. Touchy in a way, how they travel around asking for help and helping others as well.

  4. miruL@Ukraine November 27, 2005 at 7:16 pm #

    Dear Tiger,

    You know where I can illegally *cough* download the movie from the internet?

    Cuz being, urm, abroad, is kinda sucks.

    You can’t get any of those here, i mean, non-mainstream movies.


  5. vlad November 27, 2005 at 8:01 pm #

    Very riveting.

    Once again proved that situations at times will change people’s ways of thinking.

    Viva la Revolution.

  6. YasMin November 29, 2005 at 3:23 pm #

    Touching.. really liked the part when they were at the village with the ‘kusta’ people.

  7. Mei December 6, 2005 at 7:22 am #

    Yeah, this was really nice & touching.. I watched this at UM’s weekly film-screening at the Asia-Europe Institute. B4 this i didn’t know who the real Che Guevara really was .. just knew him from t-shirts .lol.

  8. Chris February 19, 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    This is the best movie I ever seen. How people can change they way of thinking by travelling. Yup, i agree with those guys, people keep wearing t-shirt with his image on but do they really know who he is? But the title a bit funny ’cause half way through their journey, they have to sell ‘The Mighty One’. 🙂

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