Skip to main content

Evita

Evita ★★½ 1996 (PG)

Webber/Rice rock opera about the life and death of Eva Peron finally comes to the big screen with all its extravaganza intact. Madonna's in the title role (in fine voice, lavishly costumed but unflatteringly lit) about an ambitious poor girl willing to do anything to make her mark—in this version by sleeping her way up the ladder of power to Argentine strongman Juan Peron (Pryce as wax dummy). Evita becomes a would-be champion of the people, even as the government ruthlessly suppresses their freedoms. The surprisingly strong-voiced Banderas (perhaps his emphatic enunciation is to make his English as clear as possible) is everyman narrator Che (changed from the stage version's revolutionary Che Guevera). The highlight is still Madonna's balcony scene, singing “Don't Cry for Me, Argentina,” but some of the other songs are drowned by loud orchestration. Director Parker has a cameo as a frustrated film director trying to work with Evita. ♫A Cinema in Buenos Aires; Requiem for Evita; Oh, What a Circus; On This Night of a Thousand Stars; Eva and Magadi; Eva Beware of the City; Buenos Aires; Another Suitcase in Another Hall; Goodnight and Thank You. 133m/C VHS, DVD . Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus, Julian Littman, Olga Meediz, Laura Pallas, Julia Worsley; Cameos: Alan Parker; D: Alan Parker; W: Oliver Stone, Alan Parker; C: Darius Khondji; M: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice. Oscars '96: Song (“You Must Love Me”); Golden Globes '97: Actress—Mus./Comedy (Madonna), Film—Mus./Comedy, Song (“You Must Love Me”).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Evita." VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever. . Encyclopedia.com. 25 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Evita." VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 25, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/culture-magazines/evita

"Evita." VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever. . Retrieved September 25, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/culture-magazines/evita

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.