The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Movie: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
Director: Robert M. Young
Produced by: Embassy, Embassy Pictures
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MPAA Rating: PG

There was a genuine ballad behind The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, based on a real-life character. Cortez, a San Antonio cowpoke, was arrested in 1901 because he resembled the actual criminal. Unable to speak English, Cortez fights off the authorities, inadvertently killing a sheriff in the process. His subsequent life and death as a fugitive from the Texas Rangers forms the core of this independently produced project. Adapted from a novel by Americo Paredes, Ballad of Gregorio Cortez stars Edward James Olmos in the title role. Originally produced for PBS’ American Playhouse, the film was released to theatres in 1984.

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