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Tepepa (1969)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  November 1979 (USA)
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The Mexican guerilla leader Tepepa and his gang fight against the chief of police, Cascorro.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Jesus Maria Moran a.k.a. Tepepa
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Colonel Cascorro
John Steiner ...
Doctor Henry Price
Luciano Casamonica ...
Paquito
Ángel Ortiz ...
Francisco
Annamaria Lanciaprima ...
Maria Virgen Escalande
José Torres ...
Pedro Pereira / El Piojo
Paloma Cela ...
Consuelo
George Wang ...
Mr. Chu
Giancarlo Badessi ...
Sergeant
Francisco Sanz ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armando Casamonica
Clara Colosimo ...
Sergeant's wife
Mario Daddi
Lina Franchi
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Storyline

In Mexico, at the beginning of the twentieth century, a man is to be executed by Cascorro's men. Doctor Henry Price, en Englishman, arrives in his car and saves him. The nickname of the man is Tepepa and he was a hero of the Revolution. Tepepa asks doctor Price way he saved him and the answer is chilly: to have the pleasure to kill him himself. And he aims his gun at him. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Jails can't hold him! Armies can't stop him! Women can't get enough of him!


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ESP 24,688,580 (Spain)
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After Tepepa blows up their wagon, he fires at the Mexican troops on the ground with his Mauser C96. The model he uses is a standard ten round integral magazine version. He clearly fires more than ten rounds, without reloading. In fact the gun is never reloaded throughout the entire movie. See more »

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Zapata Western set in Mexican revolution with clever and thought-provoking script by Franco Solinas
23 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

The movie centers on a Mexican revolutionary nicknamed Tepepa (a likable Tomas Milian) who joins forces an outlaw band during the Mexican revolutionary war by time of the president Madero ( played by Spaghetti usual secondary Francisco Sanz) . The Mexican guerrilla leader Tepepa wielding his Mauser gun and his gang fight against the colonel Cascorro (special appearance of Orson Welles). When illiterate Tepepa is to be executed appears a serious and smooth-talking British Doctor named Henry Price ( a blond John Steiner ) and saves him from firing squad . Later on , starring duo , Milian-Steiner, undergo a strange relation of friendship and hatred . But someone prepares a relentless vendetta on a surprising final .

It's a magnificent western film with dazzling shootouts between the protagonists and the contenders . This film belongs to the numerous group that are set during the Mexican revolution, called ¨Zapata Western¨ , like are the Italians: ¨ Duck you sucker ,Compañeros, The mercenary ¨ and the Americans : ¨The wild bunch and The professionals¨. Tepepa is the swan song of this sub-genre. The picture blends violence, action western , plot twists, shootem'up with high body-count , it's fast movement and for that reason is entertaining, besides there is thoughtful dialog with an intelligent writing by Franco Solinas , an author of communist ideology who wrote political screenplays such classics as ¨The battle of Argel¨ and ¨I'm the Revolution¨ , the latter bears remarkable resemblance on some issues to Tepepa . The Cuban Tomas Milian, as usual, puts faces, grimaces, crying and overacting, but he plays splendidly in a character similar to ¨Cuchillo¨ from the trilogy directed by Sergio Sollima . Tomas created his own image and propelled himself to stardom in likewise fashion with such important Spaghetti as The Bounty Killer (1966) The Big Gundown (1967) with Lee Van Cleef, Face to Face (1967), Django Kill! (1967) and Run, Man, Run (1968). Enjoyable score by the maestro Ennio Morricone who composed lots of Spaghetti Western scores , it contains a sensible musical leitmotif . There are many fine technicians and nice assistants as the cameraman Francisco Marin who makes a nice photography with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun shot of course on Almeria , Spain . However , being necessary and urgent remastering because of the original is washed-out . The motion picture is well directed by Giulio Petroni who directed another classic Italian western as ¨Death rides a horse ¨ though also filmed inferior Spaghetti as ¨Night of serpent¨ and ¨A sky full of stars for a roof¨. Rating : Above average S.W. , worthwhile seeing .


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