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  • Actors: Christian Vazquez, Liz Gallardo, Angelica Aragon, Kuno Becker
  • Directors: Rafa Lara
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2014
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I3ZMDIQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Battle chronicles the story of Mexico s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza played by Kuno Becker (Goal, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. Meanwhile, two young Mexican lovers manage to find love amidst the chaos of war. Cinco de Mayo, The Battle chronicles the bravery of a people pushed to the limit, fighting for their nation, their families and their pride.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Originally released as `Cinco de Mayo, La Battala', this is a bold attempt to tell the story of a part of Mexico's struggle for independence. After Mexico's President Juarez suspended interest payments on loans received from Europe, the European powers decided a little gun boat diplomacy was the order of the day. So an alliance between Britain, Spain and the second French Empire took off and demanded their cash. Once the parlous state of Mexico was revealed Britain and Spain got an agreement and left. The French though had other ideas and decided to join up with the conservative forces and take the country back.

Then after the scene setting most of the film is all about the Battle of Puebla where the Republic made a spirited defence and took on the modern French and gave them a good kicking on the 5th May - hence the title. The story is told through the lives of some of the players firstly Mexico's gifted General Ignacio Zaragosa (Kuno Becker - `CSI Miami') and one of his soldiers Juan and his love interest Citali. This is a no holds barred action fest. The period detail is really good but some of the battle scenes do employ the handycam shake approach - which adds to the immediacy. There is plenty of blood and the action looks and feels very authentic. There is a cast of thousands too which is great for battles no CGI armies. It is very well directed, the actors all do a great job and the story is a rip roarin ride that will have you crying `Viva Mehico!' before the end credits roll.

The down side is for history fans - this film portrays the Battle of Puebla as some sort of decisive victory where colonial France got a royal thrashing and ran away. This was actually the first in a long line of battles that lasted till 1867 some six years later.
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By LONDON NINJA. on 24 Dec. 2014
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This is based on a very interesting historic event
in the 1860's... While the USA, was at war with
itself, France, put a European Duke as head of
state of Mexico... A fascinating story, about how the
old world of Europe tried to get a colonel foothold,
in North America....

Sadly, this movie is let down by bad camera work.

The steadicam, is all over the place, with not one
stable shot. The camera shakes all the time, in a
NYPD Blue style. All well and good, but this is a
period piece set in 1861!!! The battle scenes are
confusing, and it's a pity... because there is good
acting in this movie, and a good story too... Maybe,
the DOP, was drunk... who knows...
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By Tarzana Kid on 9 Feb. 2015
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I stuck with it three quarters through then fell asleep. Dated feel. One for the car-boot I reckon.
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