- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Juarez is the story of three men -- Benito Juarez (Paul Muni), Napoleon III (Claude Rains) and Emperor Maximilian (Brian Aherne) -- driven by political passions. And of a woman, Empress Carlota (Bette Davis), driven to madness. John Garfield and Gale Sondergaard join the illustrious cast of this epic set against a backdrop of revolution and royal ambition, with Mexico as the prize. All the leads earned critical plaudits, but many reviewers singled out Davis for one bravura sequence in which, as the mentally fragile Empress, she confronts Napoleon, demanding he save her husband's life. "Her final flitting away into the darkness of madness is the most unforgettable moment in the picture" (James Shelley Hamilton, National Board of Review).
Based on the novel THE PHANTOM CROWN by Bertita Harding, the film stars Paul Muni as Benito Juarez, a Zapotec Indian who struggles to free his native Mexico from the shackles of colonialism. When Hapsburg emperor Maximilian and his wife, Carlotta, are sent there to establish a puppet government by Louis Napoleon III in the 1850s, they are surprised to find themselves threatened by the overwhelming popularity of the native statesmen.
- Theatrical release: April 25, 1939.
- Paul Muni was originally set to play Maximilian but changed his mind.
- The film was based on a play by Franz Werfel and the novel THE PHANTOM CROWN by Bertita Harding.
- Art director Anton Grot drew 3,643 sketches, from which 7,360 blueprints were prepared, to make the exterior and interior settings. They built an entire Mexican village on the Warners set.
- The scenes of Mexico City were shot in Calabasas, CA.
- Mexican producer Miguel C. Torres began a similar film starring Conrad Nagel, called MAXIMILLIAN AND CARLOTTA, around the same time. When this film ran into financial trouble, Warners purchased the distribution rights, retitling it THE MAD EMPRESS.