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

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Lee Arnold
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Fina (as Grazia Buccella)
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General Huerta
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Captain Herrera
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Fuentes
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Regina de Julián ...
Lupita
Antoñito Ruiz ...
Juan (as Antonio Ruiz)
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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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The bloodiest rebel of a violent era! See more »

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Robert Mitchum 's son, James , and Yul Brynner's son, Rock, had both been students at Trinity College Dublin in 1966, the year before this movie began filming See more »

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SPOLER: The "boy" who takes Villa's watch calls him "my General", but Villa is a colonel. See more »

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[Villa has ordered Fierro to ride in the airplane to prevent Lee from flying away]
Rodolfo Fierro: No.
Pancho Villa: What do you mean, "No"?
Rodolfo Fierro: I mean "No".
Pancho Villa: Why not?
Rodolfo Fierro: Because! Because... Because I don't think he is a good pilot!
Pancho Villa: Hmmm... You are probably right. But it doesn't matter. If he is no good, you shoot him and fly it yourself.
Rodolfo Fierro: Me?
Pancho Villa: Of course! Any child could fly one of these things.
Rodolfo Fierro: You could fly it?
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Pancho Villa's Air Force
1 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

So far I haven't seen one film about Pancho Villa that got it right and Villa Rides is definitely one of them. Perhaps the proposed biographical film that Johnny Depp will star in might do Villa some justice.

Yul Brynner and Robert Mitchum co-star in Villa Rides with Brynner in the title role. Mitchum plays your typical soldier of fortune although in his case he's a pilot of fortune. He's a pilot of one of those new fangled airplanes and it is through his eyes we see the story of the film unfold.

A damaged aircraft delays Mitchum in Mexico after making a delivery and before he knows it, he's hip deep in the revolution that is going on in Mexico. At this point in his career Villa is one of several guerrilla chiefs supporting the new republic and the presidency of the idealistic Francisco Madero played here by Alexander Knox. Madero himself was a strange and fascinating character, one day he might get a biographical film study of his tragic life.

The Mexican Revolution of the teen years saw the country give way to anarchy with Villa eventually becoming one of several generalissimos controlling a piece of Mexican turf. As Villa operated in the extreme north of the country it was his bad fortune to later on raid into the USA and get Woodrow Wilson to send our army after him.

Here at the beginning Villa though after Mitchum talks his way into not being shot by his forces, Brynner sees the value of Mitchum's airplane as a weapon of war. He puts one of his aides Charles Bronson to ride herd on Mitchum and the two of them don't get along at all.

According to Lee Server's book on Mitchum they didn't get along all that well during the filming. Another Mitchum, brother John Mitchum wrote in his memoirs that Bronson was a very reserved sort who guarded his privacy strictly. They apparently had no problem on the set of Bronson's film Breakheart Pass which John Mitchum had a small part.

Mitchum and Brynner got along however which was not always the case with Brynner. Yul Brynner was a man of some mystery who liked it that way, he was and could be standoffish with fellow players, but apparently he and Mitchum worked well together in their only joint film.

The film was shot in Spain and I have to say the battle sequences were very well staged. They are the best part of Villa Rides.

A good, but not a great film. I do have to wonder that when Black Jack Pershing came into Mexico later on after the action of this film concluded, might not Mitchum be in a real jackpot fighting against the American army at that point.


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