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Viva Zapata! Overview:

Viva Zapata! (1952) was a Historical - Western Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

The film was based on the novel Zapata: The Unconquerable written by Edgecumb Pinchon published in 1941.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorMarlon BrandoNominated
Best Supporting ActorAnthony QuinnWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Claude CarpenterNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlex NorthNominated
Best WritingJohn SteinbeckNominated
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Fernando: Cut off the head of the snake and the body will die.


Fernando: This is all very disorganized.


Eufemio: I love you, but I do not like you.


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Marlon Brando was reportedly involved in a string of stunts during filming. On location in Texas, he shot off a string of firecrackers in a hotel lobby, serenaded Jean Peters from a treetop at three in the morning, horrified cast and crew by playing dead for several minutes following the hail of gunfire that ends Zapata's life, and told visiting reporters that he once ate grasshoppers and gazelle eyes.
Tyrone Power was the studio's original choice to play Emiliano Zapata.
Marlon Brando was tested for the lead role in early 1949.
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