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Roter Staub (1956)

The Brave One (original title)
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A young Mexican boy tirelessly tries to save his pet bull from death at the hands of a celebrated matador.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (story), Harry S. Franklin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Michel Ray ... Leonardo
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Rafael Rosillo
Elsa Cárdenas ... Maria
Carlos Navarro Carlos Navarro ... Don Alejandro Videgaray
Joi Lansing ... Marion Randall
Fermín Rivera Fermín Rivera ... The Bullfighter
Jorge Treviño Jorge Treviño ... Salvador
Carlos Fernández Carlos Fernández ... Manuel
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Storyline

The Brave One is a bull named Gitano (or Gypsy). A Mexican boy Michael Ray "adopts" Gitano after saving the animal's life during a storm. The friendship between bull and boy is threatened when Gitano's legal owners claim the animal and ship it off to the bullring. Moved by the boy's plight, the President of Mexico signs a "pardon" for Gitano - but not soon enough to prevent the bull's appearance at the Plaze de Mexico at Mexico City, where he faces top matador Fermin Rivera. Based on a true incident, the film earned a "best story" Academy Award for one Robert Rich - who, much to the embarrassment of the Academy (and the delight of civil libertarians) turned out to be blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Written by alfiehitchie

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Plot Keywords:

boy | bull | mexico | mexican | city | See All (43) »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El niño y el toro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

King Brothers Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After "The Brave One' won the Oscar for Best Screenplay, independent producer Edward Nassour sued its producers the King Brothers over plagiarism. It seems the script for "The Brave One' bore an uncanny resemblance to that for "Ring Around Saturn," a stop-motion animation feature Nassour had been working on with a script written by Paul Rader. The rights were originally owned by Jesse L. Lasky, who had wanted to produce it as "Valley of the Mist." The King Brothers settled the dispute by paying out to Nassour the sum of $750,000 in an out-of-court settlement. It turned out that blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had written the script for "The Brave One" using the pseudonym of Robert Rich. See more »

Goofs

In the history lesson, the teacher tells that the Emperor Maximilian (formerly the Archduke Maximilian of Austria) was the son of an Emperor and an Empress and had a brother who became Emperor. Although the latter is true (the Emperor Francis Joseph I), their parents were mere Archduke Francis and Archduchess Sophia of Austria (born Princess of Bavaria). See more »

Quotes

Leonardo: Why are you afraid of their paper? Why do you cringe before them like a dog?
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Featured in Trumbo (2007) See more »

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Andalucia
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Music by Ernesto Lecuona
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Inspiring story of a boy and a bull
27 April 2006 | by maggie-122See all my reviews

This has been one of my ten favorite films of all time. I showed a copy of it to the children of friends in Guadalajara. None of the children had ever seen or heard of it. They all loved it, and cheered with joy.

The children asked if they could invite all their friends in for another showing of "The Brave One," so, soon, the entire room was full. Standing room only.

Adults and kids alike saw the faith, hope and inspiration in this outstanding movie.

Some teachers show the film in classes studying other cultures, and it always goes over very big, as it should.

No remake can ever come close to this version..


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