Bless Me, Ultima

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bless Me, Ultima
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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.
Title: Bless me, Ultima
Publisher: [United States] :, Tenaja Productions, LLC,, [2012]
Characteristics: DVD,video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD,laser optical,NTSC,rda
DVD,digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
DVD,DVD video,4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) :,DVD video, sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally produced in 2011 and released as a motion picture in 2012.
Based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some violence and sexual references.
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Statement of Responsibility: Monkey Hill Films, Gran Via Productions and Tenaja Productions in association with Monarch Pictures present ; written for the screen and directed by Carl Franklin ; produced by Mark Johnson ; produced by Sarah DiLeo ; produced by Jesse B'Franklin ; executive producer, Christy Walton ; executive producer, Kevin Reidy ; a Carl Franklin film
Distributor: [United States] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ♭2013
Credits: Director of photography, Paula Huidobro ; production designer, David Bomba ; editors, Alan Heim, Toby Yates ; music by Mark Kilian ; costume designer, Donna Zakowska.
Performers: Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon, Dolores Heredia, Benito Martinez, Castulo Guerra, Joaquín Cosio, Raul Castillo, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Diego Miró-Rivera, Miguel Gomez, Alfred Molina.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: English or Spanish dialogue with optional English and Spanish subtitles and optional English for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: New Mexico Drama. Healers Drama. Women shamans New Mexico Drama. Mexican Americans New Mexico Drama. Mexican American children Drama. Anaya, Rudolfo A. Film adaptations.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films-United States.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Coming-of-age films.
Topical Term: Healers
Women shamans
Mexican Americans
Mexican American children
Publisher No: 42869
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Apr 22, 2014
  • wiredonjava rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Engrossing & very spiritual.

Jan 26, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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).

Dec 29, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!!!!!

Dec 13, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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Dec 29, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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

Dec 29, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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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