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The Motorcycle Diaries Details


Brazilian director Walter Salles Jr. follows up the Golden Globe-nominated Behind the Sun with this filmed adaptation of Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journals of the same name. The Motorcycle Diaries stars Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros) as a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old medical student in 1952 traveling across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), who co-wrote the source material. As they embark on their journey, both young men come of age and find their individual world views broadened farther than they ever expected. The Motorcycle Diaries premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 2004


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jorge Drexler Best Song 2004 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Rodrigo de la Serna Best Debut Performance 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rodrigo de la Serna Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gael García Bernal Best Actor 2004 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Walter Salles, Jr. Best Foreign Language Film 2004 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Walter Salles, Jr. Best Director 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts José Rivera Best Adapted Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Writers Guild of America José Rivera Best Adapted Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences José Rivera Best Adapted Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Éric Gautier Best Cinematography 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Éric Gautier Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gustavo Santaolalla Best Film Music 2004 Winner


Gael García Bernal
as Ernesto Guevara de la Serna
Rodrigo de la Serna
as Alberto Granado
Mía Maestro
as Chichina Ferreyra
Gustavo Bueno
as Dr. Hugo Pesce
Jorge Chiarella
as Dr. Bresciani
Dana Frijoli
as Chichina Friend
Marta Lubos
as Schatzie Von Puttkamer
Matias Strafe
as Chichina Friend
Maximiliano Toledo
as Canaco
Matias Gomez
as Card Player
Matias Gomez
as Kid
Franco Solazzi
as Juan Martin Guevara
Jonathan Balbis
as Luis Pesce
Fernando Farias
as Fire Chief
Robert Lindl
as Chipi Chipi Band Double Bass Player
Victor Angeles
as Card Player
Gerald Mayeux
as Card Player
Samuel Cifuentes
as Araucano Son
Matias Delgado Rizzi
as Tito Pesce
Nidia Bermejo
as Young Indian Nurse
Pablo Macaya
as Janitor
Oscar Alegre
as Don Olate
Ariel Prieto
as Chichina Friend
Nicolas Watson
as Chichina Friend
Maria Esther Zamora
as Chipi Chipi Band Singer
Carolina Infante
as Sister Margarita
Gustavo Morales
as Felix
Delfina Paredes
as Mother Sister Alberto
Evelyn Ibarra
as Chilean Sister
Ernesto Cabrejos
as Card Player
Liliana Kolinsky
as Chichina's Mother
Brandon Cruz
as Miner
Mercedes Morán
as Celia de la Serna
Maria Beatriz Abele
as Zdneka Pesce
Marina Glezer
as Celita Guevara
Barbara Lombardo
as Chichina Friend
Ricardo Diaz Mourelle
as Uncle Jorge
Jean Pierre Noher
as Ernesto Guevara Lynch
Lucas Oro
as Roberto Guevara
Diego Treu
as Kid
Ricardo Velazquez
as Banca
Diego Giorzi
as Rodolfo
Sergio Boris
as Young Traveller
Erto Pantoja
as Mechanical
Gustavo Mansilla
as Kid
Nemesio Reyes
as Leper from San Pablo
Pablo Villarrazza
as Esteban Aguirre
Daniel Kargieman
as Young Traveller
Jorge Lobos
as Chipi Chipi Band Percussionist/Trumpeter
Jaime Azucar
as Mine Foreman
Vladimir Paredes
as Truck Driver
Gabriela Aguilera
as Piedad
Maida Andrenacci
as Chichina Friend
Rosa Curihuentro
as Old Woman
Elvio Suarez
as Uncle Martin
Hernan Herrera
as Leper from San Pablo
Guillermo Ojeda
as Man with Oxen Cart
Igor Calvo
as Dr. Souza
Jakelyne Vasquez
as Luz
Carlos Rivkin
as Horacio Ferreyra
Sofia Bertolotto
as Ana Maria Guevara
Ariel Verdun
as Kid
Juan Maliqueo
as Araucano Father
Antonella Costa
as Silvia
"Pollito" Gonzalez
as Chipi Chipi Band Pianist


Walter Salles, Jr.
Karen Tenkhoff
Michael Nozik
Edgar Tenembaum
Alberto Granado
Book Author
José Rivera
Éric Gautier
Jorge Drexler
Gustavo Santaolalla
Composer (Music Score)
Daniel Rezende
Carlos Conti
Production Designer
Coco Oderigo
Art Director
Maria Eugenia Sueiro
Art Director
Laurent Ott
Art Director
Daniel Burman
Diego Dubcovsky
Paul Webster
Executive Producer
Robert Redford
Executive Producer
Rebecca Yeldham
Executive Producer
Beatriz di Benedetto
Costume Designer
Marisa Urruti
Costume Designer
Julia Solomonoff
First Assistant Director
Walter Rippel
Connie Ott
First Assistant Camera
Alejandro Gaston Mondello
Assistant Properties
Frank Gaeta
Supervising Sound Editor
Rodolfo Resch
Sergio Scalisi
Agustin Rocca
Julio Ojeda
Assistant Properties
Jorge Mondello
Properties Master
Lorena Acin
Scenic Artist
Luigi Rocchetti
Makeup Special Effects
Maria Gowland
Script Supervisor
Marisa Amenta
Key Make-up
Jean-Claude Brisson
Sound Recordist
Anibal Haran
Ariel Guillermo Mondello
Assistant Properties
Paula Prandini
Still Photographer
Peter Mcaleese
Executive in Charge of Production
Federico Beron
Second Assistant Director