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R: ARCHIVE, S: MOVIES, D: 12/03/1998,

The Mask of Zorro

(Columbia TriStar)

Martin Campbell's pleasant potboiler has the aging, elegant original Zorro, Don Diego (Anthony Hopkins), training as his successor the uncouth bandito Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas) in order to prevent nefarious California governor Don Rafael (Stuart Wilson) from buying California from Mexico and setting up a dictatorship. We get clever physical gags, a perky chemistry between the dour Hopkins and the bumbling Banderas, and a spirited Catherine Zeta Jones tossed in as Diego's now impressively grown-up daughter -- who's equally impressive with her saber and should have gotten more screen time with it.