Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

DVD - 2013
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In New Mexico in the time of WWII, a young man goes to an aged medicine woman and forms a relationship which helps him challenge the fight amid the good and the evil that storms through his village
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia, 2013
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Bless
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 20, 2019

Having recently read the original book (and having loved it), I decided to give this film adaptation a try. And I admit, its production values are top-notch, and there is some strong acting; however, there's one aspect to this film that disappointed me greatly.

In the original book, one of the key plot elements is "The Myth of the Golden Carp," which serves as the catalyst for Antonio's struggles to reconcile Catholicism with Indigenous beliefs, and what constitutes good and evil. Director Carl Franklin's decision to remove this integral piece from the story robs the film of much of the source material's power; as such, I was not entirely satisfied with this movie.

Apr 19, 2017

This film stars Miriam Colon, great actress in film ("Scarface") and stage, who recently passed away.

Apr 22, 2014

Engrossing & very spiritual.

LaughingOne Jan 26, 2014

Based on a novel by Rudolfo Anaya, this film is as good as the book, which is to say -- excellent. Other reviewers have written about the story line; I just want to say that it is well worth watching (and reading).

aaa5756 Dec 29, 2013

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

voisjoe1 Dec 13, 2013

This film of Hispanics living in 1940’s New Mexico portrays the conflicts between the traditional values (strict Catholic dogma, traditional medicine, and small farming) and the coming modern era of looser religion, modern medicine, and corporate farming. Three sons, returning from their world-wide experiences as soldiers in World War II, find it difficult to stay reigned in to their small village, and have desires to experience the wider New Mexican ways. Ultima, a curandera that practices traditional ways of medicine, knows enough of these practices to eliminate illnesses in the small village.

Oct 29, 2013

touching story of good and evil as life washes over an observant young boy.

kesco9290 Oct 25, 2013

This movie is based on the book Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, which reflects on the coming of age story of a 6 yr old boy (Antonio) and his struggles with family, friends, religion, and good vs evil. He overcomes all with the help of his family friend, Ultima which comes to live with his family. It is a wonderfully told story, and I am looking forward to watching this movie.

Sep 25, 2013

Based on the novel Bless Me, Ultima is a story about good versus evil. Seven year old Antonio and his grandmother Ultima work together to help cursed and sick people. In the meantime Antonio as well as his family and relatives have their own share of problems. Ultima teaches Antonio about the spiritual world all around them and how good can always overcome evil.


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aaa5756 Dec 29, 2013

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison

aaa5756 Dec 29, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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