El Cid: The Legend (2003)
Rodrigo's life as a child was a noble and happy one, he entered school at a young age. Often he went on adventures with his best friend Sancho and often visited his beloved one Jimena, the daughter of the count of Gormaz. His happiness did not last forever, after the death of the King Fernando, Rodrigo is seen wrapped in a world of plots and conspiracies that to will put an end to the life of Sancho and the consequent coronation of the infant Alfonso. All of a sudden, Rodrigo loses all that that he has acquired, his best friend and the love of its beloved one, and is unjustly exiled to Castile without honor!
A race of big-armed men in ancient Spain quarrel amongst themselves in their castle. A young, red haired lad covets the King's cousin, but is hampered in his advancements by her dwarven father. He would much prefer her to marry an evil count, as is the custom in dwarven society. The red haired lad, our hero, is run afoul by a heinous take for his life. His friend, the prince, bestows upon him a steed of great malignancy and foul temper. The hellish nightmare ride that followed by this treachery marks the beginning of a dive in his Wheel of Fortune, hitherto unseen in polite society. Soon he invokes the wrath of God, that strikes down nearby trees with thunder and lightning, and sends evil Arabs his way. He is forced to flee, and is joined after some years by a band of brigands that followed him. They are easily subdued by gifts of mustelines and pledge their cause to his. This is followed by a psychosomatic crusade against the surrounding castles. Will el Cid stand up against the fiendish lures of madness or will he arise victorious in this battle of reality?
- The story of a boy who becomes a man, a man who becomes a hero, and a hero that finally converts into a legend: the legend of Rodrigo de Vivar; better known as El Cid.
Rodrigo is the perfect candidate for hero: a handsome, well-humored, brave young man with a brilliant future lying before him. Son of a Castillian Nobleman, he combines his royal upbringing and his friendship with the King's son and heir Sancho with clandestine visits to his beloved Gimena, the daughter of the Duke of Gormaz, who has zealously forbidden their courtship.
But upon King Fernando's death, Rodrigo finds himself in a plot-laden world that will put an end to Sancho's life and crown his brother "Prince Alfonso," king. Suddenly Rodrigo loses everything he had so easily come-by: his best friend, his beloved Gimena, his honor... and on top of all this he is unjustly exiled from Castilla.
Far from home, in hostile terrain, Rodrigo together with a few good men and the support of the Arab prince Al-Mutamin, launches a passionate, unforgettable, action-packed adventure, recuperating Castillian territories and waging war against the newly crowned King's bitter enemy, the dreaded Ben Yussuff, who has sworn to conquer the peninsula.
In his quest to receive King Alfonso's pardon, recuperate his position, honor and his beloved Gimena, Rodrigo discovers universal respect for friendship, love and honour.