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The Brave One
The Brave One
Actors: Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Elsa Cardenas, Carlos Navarro, Joi Lansing
Director: Irving Rapper
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
NR     2003     1hr 40min

A film full of warmth and sensitivity. "The Brave One" is the love story of a boy and a bull. Gitano -- or Gypsy -- is the name the boy gives the bull whose life he saves during a storm. The animal follows him around li...  more »


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Actors: Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Elsa Cardenas, Carlos Navarro, Joi Lansing
Director: Irving Rapper
Creators: Jack Cardiff, Merrill G. White, Frank King, Maurice King, Dalton Trumbo, Harry S. Franklin, Robert Rich
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Classics, Classics, Family Films
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/24/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1956
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1956
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

The Shield of Love
Jason Troy | USA | 08/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Brave One was beautifully crafted in 1957 by blacklisted author Robert Rich and immediately established itself as a superb classic. The tale is of a small Mexican boy and his enduring love for his courageous pet bull. Set in Mexico, a boy discovers a cow has been killed after delivering and orphaning a male offspring. Naming the calf Gitano, The boy becomes it's friend and caretaker. Realizing the boy's loneliness, the parents encourage the bond, but fail to emphasis the eventual fate of the animal. Throughout the Calf's life the boy's love inexorably grows unaware of his parent's financial responsibility to the bull's true owner. By the time the animal has grown to market size and becomes a cash commodity, the boy's parents are torn between their son's love and their duty to the Patrone. Using subterfuge, the parents separate the two. Returning from a fool's errand, the boy discovers his best friend and lifetime companion has been sold for the purpose of bull fighting and its eventual destruction. Despite the frantic warnings of his parents that it's too late to save the animal, the small boy adroitly played by Michel Rey, sets off to save his courageous friend from certain death. The boy visits everyone from the Patrone to the Governnor of Mexico in a vain attempt to alter the fate of his pet. The film culminates with the boy's magnificent bravery before an arena filled with spectators. True loyalty to any animal has never had a more poignant test of love and courage. For any viewer with a human heart, this tear-wrenching film will leave you joyfully weeping. ****"
A delight in sight and sound...
Roberto Frangie | Leon, Gto. Mexico | 12/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Brave One" is about a peasant boy who runs away to Mexico City to save his brave bull, Gitano... Irving Rapper directed the beautiful simple story of Leonardo and his attachment to his pet bull with understanding... It has an authentic look in the bullring, on ranches and in Mexican streets... It has humor, attachment, determination, bravery, suspense, and a terrific climax...

The highlights of the film are many as the weaning and branding of the bulls and how they are tested in the open fields; la Fiesta Brava filling resplendently in the gold and pink brocades of Mexico, mixing with the elegance of swirling capes; the father of Leonardo (Rodolfo Hoyos) trying to make Leonardo understand that the pet bull is born to die in the ring - the reason of his life -

With a tremendous score and an outstanding color photography of exceptional beauty, Jack Cardiff realized the most beautiful and expressive scenery of the Mexican landscapes... "The Brave One" had the flavor of the bullfight game and its devotees and hangers-on...

A family adventure for all
Roberto Frangie | 07/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a beautiful movie of a little boy in Mexico, his pet bull and the adventures that bonds them both. This movie has a great sound track that compliments the scenery, the story and the people."
The Brave One scores with fans
Allan Zirlin | Morton Grove, IL USA | 01/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best family-type film dealing with the sometimes controversial subject of bullfighting. The photography, score and story are all first class even though some parts seem dated from a 2006 perspective. Well worth having in your video library."