The Motorcycle Diaries

Motorcycle Diaries, The

Release Date: 2004-09-24
NYC and/or LA Release



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Film Genre(s): Drama



This is based upon the memoir, "The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America", by doctor-turned-revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, about his trip as a youth riding across South America on a motorcycle. This is the true story of a 23-year-old medical student from Argentina, Che Guevara (Bernal), who traveled across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado (de la Serna) in 1951-1952, in a personal odyssey which would ultimately inspire him to become a revolutionary who had a profound impact on the history of several nations. The duo has a series of adventures that vary from the suspenseful (stowing away on a cargo ship, exploring Incan ruins) to the comedic (falling off their bikes, falling in love, drinking, fighting... drinking some more) to the serious (volunteering as firemen, and at a leper colony). (Maestro plays Guevara's girlfriend at the time.)


  • Vareity reports that the film is expected to open the 2004 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 15. - 2003-11-25
  • Focus Features has picked up the distribution rights from the festival. - 2004-01-19


Salles's last feature was the beautiful shot oscar nomianted film of Behind the Sun (2001).