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Villa Rides (1968)

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

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Lee Arnold
Maria Grazia Buccella ...
Fina (as Grazia Buccella)
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General Huerta
Robert Viharo ...
Urbina
Frank Wolff ...
Ramirez
Diana Lorys ...
Emilita
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Robert Carricart ...
Don Luis (as Bob Carricart)
Andrés Monreal ...
Captain Herrera
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Fuentes
Julio Peña ...
General
José María Prada ...
Major
Regina de Julián ...
Lupita
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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Villa rages! Villa lusts! Villa kills! VILLA RIDES!

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War | Western

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20 September 1968 (West Germany)  »

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Pancho Villa  »

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Quotes

Urbina: You, gringo.
[waves for Lee to follow]
Lee Arnold: Who, me?
Urbina: Do you see any other gringos around here?
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Villa fights and loves
28 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Villa Rides has a screenplay written Sam Peckinpah and Robert Towne but a very workmanlike direction from Buzz Kulik.

Yul Brynner with added hair stars as Pancho Villa the great Mexican revolutionary with fiery passion, cunning, pig headedness and some romance as well. Robert Mitchum is a soldier of fortune with a biplane, a pilot who supplies the Mexican army with weapons, but is gradually forced to join the rebellious side after he is caught up with Villa and a Mexican beauty. Mitchum is laconic and nonchalant but we do get to see him drop homemade bombs from the plane.

More impressive is Charles Bronson as Villa's right hand enforcer who clearly enjoys slaughtering people with style and some humour. Even shoots three people with one bullet in order to be economical.

Herbert Lom and Fernando Rey round up the Mexicans also bring political intrigue to the table.

The film was shot in Spain and it starts out as intriguing but it is uneven. The film varies in tone with some comedy but then you have some villagers getting slaughtered, others being executed and women being raped. There are some good action sequences but the film is too messy as its does not have a coherent narrative.


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