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Villa Rides (1968)

Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Robert Towne (screenplay), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Pancho Villa
Robert Mitchum ... Lee Arnold
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Fina (as Grazia Buccella)
Charles Bronson ... Rodolfo Fierro
Herbert Lom ... General Huerta
Robert Viharo ... Urbina
Frank Wolff ... Ramirez
Alexander Knox ... President Madero
Robert Carricart ... Don Luis (as Bob Carricart)
Andrés Monreal Andrés Monreal ... Captain Herrera
Fernando Rey ... Fuentes
Julio Peña ... General
José María Prada ... Major
Regina de Julián Regina de Julián ... Lupita
Antoñito Ruiz Antoñito Ruiz ... Juan (as Antonio Ruiz)
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Storyline

Pulled into the Mexican Revolution by his own greed, Texas gunrunner & pilot Lee Arnold joins bandit-turned-patriot Pancho Villa & his band of dedicated men in a march across Mexico battling the Colorados & stealing women's hearts as they go. But each has a nemesis among his friends: Arnold is tormented by Fierro, Villa's right-hand-man; and Villa must face possible betrayal by his own president's naiveté. Written by Steve83

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Taglines:

Revenge roars across seething Mexico, as the Villistas return blow for blow, murder for murder... and a gringo gunrunner gets swept up in the blaze! See more »

Genres:

War | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pancho Villa See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,640,000, 31 December 1968
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yul Brynner & Charles Bronson appeared together 8 years before the release of this film in the classic western "The Magnificent Seven". See more »

Goofs

A machine gun nest ambushes charging Mexicans by cutting down the first three over a wall with a short burst, but as hordes more come over the wall, the machine gun doesn't fire even though the sounds of it firing continue. The gun obviously jammed but the footage was used anyhow with firing sounds dubbed into it. See more »

Quotes

Lee Arnold: After all you've been through, you still believe that he's for the people?
Fina: He's a good man.
Lee Arnold: How 'bout me? Am I good man, too?
Fina: Yes.
Lee Arnold: Well, I'll tell you one thing, honey: I'm as good a man as Villa, and that's not saying a hell of a lot for either one of us.
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Referenced in Command Performance (1977) See more »

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A classic western that's under appreciated and hard to find
19 March 1999 | by MovieMan-112See all my reviews

"Villa Rides" is the most accurate film depicting the life of the infamous mexican bandit, Pancho Villa. It's also filled with an all-star cast. Yul Brenner plays Villa to perfection (many other actors including Telly Savalas have played the role, but not as good as Brenner). Charles Bronson is equally good as Villa's sidekick who spends his free time humiliating and shooting mexicans. Robert Mitchum plays a pilot who gets involved in Villa's revolution. There is a constant pace of action and good dialogue ("Go outside and die. Where are your manners?" is what Bronson says to a mexican after the mexican tries to force himself on a young girl. Bronson shoots him and kicks him out the door). The buzzing noise Mitchum's airplane makes becomes annoying throughout the film (the director's name is Buzz) and the actor who plays the mexican villain seems to be more of a Woody Allen-type character than a vicious, sadistic tyrant. He makes up for that in his final scene. Classic stuff! The film is very rare and hard to find. If you get it, you're lucky.


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