This photo released by Pantelion Films shows Michael Pena as Cesar Chavez in a scene from "Cesar Chavez." (AP Photo/Pantelion Films, file)
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Diego Luna's heartfelt biographical drama, "Cesar Chavez," chronicles the five-year struggle of the United Farm Workers co-founder in the 1960s to get California grape growers to the negotiating table to hammer out fair wages and better conditions for exploited field laborers.In much the same way Chavez sent activists out to tell real stories of injustice that would put a human face on their struggle, the screenwriters attempt to get a personal handle on their subject. Together with his feisty wife, Helen (America Ferrera), Cesar gets out in the fields to gather information and muster support. Michael Cudlitz seems a poor fit for the racist Delano sheriff, while John Malkovich (who's also a producer) sleepwalks through the movie as the snakiest of the grape growers, who wants to dictate terms rather than negotiate.
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