Road to El Dorado, The (2000) - Synopsis

Road to El Dorado, The (2000)

In the tradition of the classic buddy movies, "The Road to El Dorado" is a comedic tale of friendship and adventure.

Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branagh), a pair of two-bit con men, believe they have found their path to fortune and glory when they win a map to El Dorado, the legendary City of Gold. There's only one problem - they've wound up locked in the brig on a ship of the Spanish explorer Cortes. After a daring escape, with the help of a clever was horse named Altivo, they manage to stumble onto El Dorado; only to find their troubles are just beginning.

The High Priest Tzekel-Kan (Armand Assante) proclaims them to be gods, plotting to use their fortuitous arrival to take power from the Chief (Edward James Olmos). To sustain the ruse and get the gold, Tulio and Miguel must enlist the aid of the beautiful native Chel (Rosie Perez), who matches them con-for-con. But time is running out, and even as they fulfil their dreams of gold, their friendship - and the very fate of El Dorado - hang in the balance.

The animated adventure reunites the Oscar® - winning musical team from Lion King, the (1994): songwriters Elton John and Tim Rice, and composer Hans Zimmer, who collaborated with John Powell on the score. The all-star voice cast includes Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline (fish Called Wanda, a (1988)), Oscar® nominee Kenneth Branagh (Henry V (1989)), Oscar® nominee Rosie Perez (Fearless (1993)), Emmy winner Armand Assante ("Gotti") and Oscar® nominee Edward James Olmos ("Stand and Deliver"). The film is directed by Eric Bergeron and Don Paul, with Bonnie Radford and Brooke Breton producing from a screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (Aladdin (1992)). Jeffrey Katzenberg served as executive producer, and Bill Damaschke as co-executive producer.