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The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955)

Approved | | Romance, War, Western | 19 October 1955 (USA)
In 1915, an American adventurer joins the supporters of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

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Tom Bryan
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Ruth Harris
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Colonel Juan Castro
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Pablo Morales
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Laria Morales
Carlos Múzquiz ...
Commandant (as Carlos Mosquiz)
Tony Carbajal ...
Farolito (as Tony Carvajal)
Pasquel Pena ...
Ricardo (as Pasquel Pená)
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Mexico, 1915. US bank robber Tom Bryan hopes to retire to Mexico, where the ever popular ex-revolutionary dictator, Pancho Villa, has been deposed and driven to his home province by another tyrant. Colonel Castro's band of loyal Villa-supporters hope to get him back in power so rob a gold train. Aboard is Bryan, who was secretly paid to help. Delivering the gold to Pancho by Yaqui country proves harder, as the Indians help with the federales (government troops) in pursuit. More dangers lurk. Written by KGF Vissers

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WITH GUTS AND GUNFIRE they blasted their way into history! (original one-sheet poster) See more »

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19 October 1955 (USA)  »

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De schat van Pancho Villa  »

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A Coca Cola sign is seen in the background during the bank robbery. The design is from a more modern period (1940s, rather than 1915). See more »

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La Cucaracha
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Whistled at different times by Castro and Bryan, and also performed by the passengers on the train
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Morals tested in the Mexican Revolution
3 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So here it is a film set around the time of the revolution of Pancho Villa yet features a Coca-cola advertising board!! Once you get past that this is not a bad movie at all. A movie of a simple premise where a train is robbed of its haul of gold by a band of guerrillas to support the revolutionary Pancho Villa and the trials and trails of greed an honour that the money breeds between men. At the centre of the story are two men. The American mercenary Tom Bryan who is essentially torn between his greed and doing the right thing, and his counter part Mexican revolutionary Juan Castro who has no deigns on the gold and will give everything for Villa's revolution. The story goes through many twists and turns with the standard female love interest (Shelly Winters) capturing the affections of both men. It is refreshing to see a film from this era not afraid to show Americans in a less than glorious light and a lead character with a great deal of moral ambiguousness whilst it is the Mexican who has the hero traits. Whilst not particularly well acted there are no poor performances and if you are a fan of the western then this film is worth checking out. Would I watch it again? Perhaps but only if I was bored and had nothing else to amuse me.


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