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      R Released Sep 15, 2023 1h 47m Drama Biography Comedy LGBTQ+ TRAILER for Cassandro: Trailer 1 List Cassandro: Trailer 1 Cassandro: Trailer 1 2:03 View more videos
      92% Tomatometer 133 Reviews 73% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro, the "Liberace of Lucha Libre." In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world, but also his own life. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Gael García Bernal steals hearts as the charismatic Cassandro in this feel-good biopic about a wrestler that triumphs in the macho world of Lucha Libre while embracing his true self.

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      Rex Reed Observer It’s a film that rises above all the obvious cliches because of the colorful naturalism of heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal’s likable appeal. Rated: 3/4 Nov 28, 2023 Full Review Odie Henderson Boston Globe Williams keeps the pace quick and tight, the wrestling scenes are fun, and the costumes are delightful. With its message of acceptance, “Cassandro” is preaching to the choir, but it’s a good sermon nonetheless. Rated: 3/4 Oct 6, 2023 Full Review Amy Nicholson FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) Gael García Bernal does a great job capturing the interior life of this character... Even as the points themselves are not especially compelling. Oct 4, 2023 Full Review Fletcher Powell KMUW - Wichita Public Radio This is a beautiful performance depicting a fascinating man who, it appears, really did change some things. Feb 8, 2024 Full Review Hanna Flint The Sun (UK) Roger Ross Williams brings out a deep sincerity in the characters that keeps you invested in Saul’s grounded yet emotionally impactful journey. Rated: 4/5 Jan 11, 2024 Full Review Valentina Morillo El Español (Spain) The film omits the most dramatic situations of Saúl Armendáriz's life and chooses to highlight the positive aspects of a journey of ascent, never showing the fall. Dec 29, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Vilma L tender and brave. excellent acting by Gael. lovely details about Mexican and Chicano culture, especially the tension between the region's homophobia and machismo and the spaces where non-hereto-normative stars are allowed to shine. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/29/23 Full Review Linda Amazing story with a great actor.loved it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/20/23 Full Review Hairy Amazing movie! Incredible acting by Gael! These are the movies that Hollywood needs to make more of!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/16/23 Full Review Jens B Fantastic performance by Bernal, beautiful cinematography and score, and good direction save this film from its painfully mediocre script and one-dimensional characters. The pacing feels sluggish at times, but as soon as a wrestling match starts, the energy is back again. Although Bernal is fantastic (as mentioned before), he does look his age in most scenes and is not always believable as a 20 year old in the beginning of the movie. I do recognize the director's freedom in choosing not to tell the whole story of Armendáriz, but this choice leads to a significant problem: I can get why low points in a character's life would get in conflict with the inspirational and empowering character of the film's story. But it's also true that this eliminates any depth of the main character and the chance of the classical hero's journey. CASSANDRO tries something different from the standard biopic but sadly fails. I did think about something else, however: What if Almodóvar had written and directed this life story? Think about it, the idea is more interesting as it seems. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/29/24 Full Review dave d A film short on script with a bunch of color that in the end of the day is ok. It is kinda the old made for cable HBO fill some time flick. This is based on a real person, but I just didn't buy Gael García Bernal as the lead, of a luche libre pro-wrestler. He looked like he was in slow motion so close ups of action sequences were a necessity. It's fine. Nothing I'd want to see again. Final Score: 5/10 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/22/24 Full Review Tristan C A very unique and well told story. The cinematography is fantastic. Sadly the slightly clumsy fight choreography loses a star but definitely doesn't take away too much from the incredible movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro, the "Liberace of Lucha Libre." In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world, but also his own life.
      Roger Ross Williams
      Gerardo Gatica González, Todd Black, David J. Bloomfield, Ted Hope, Julie Goldman
      David Teague, Roger Ross Williams
      Amazon Studios
      Production Co
      Motto Pictures, Grand Illusion Films, Amazon Studios, Escape Artists, Panorama Global, Double Hope Films, La Corriente del Golfo
      R (Sexual Content|Language|Drug Use)
      Drama, Biography, Comedy, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 15, 2023, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 22, 2023
      1h 47m
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