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Director:
Writers:
Robert Towne (screenplay) and
Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 September 1968 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Villa rages! Villa lusts! Villa kills! VILLA RIDES!
Plot:
Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Yul Brynner ... Pancho Villa

Robert Mitchum ... Lee Arnold
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Fina (as Grazia Buccella)

Herbert Lom ... General Huerta
Robert Viharo ... Urbina
Frank Wolff ... Ramirez
Diana Lorys ... Emilita

Alexander Knox ... President Madero
Robert Carricart ... Don Luis (as Bob Carricart)
Andrés Monreal ... Captain Herrera

Fernando Rey ... Fuentes
Julio Peña ... General
José María Prada ... Major
Regina de Julián ... Lupita
Antoñito Ruiz ... Juan (as Antonio Ruiz)

Jill Ireland ... Girl in Restaurant

Charles Bronson ... Rodolfo Fierro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xan das Bolas ... Villa's Telegraphist (uncredited)
José Canalejas ... Villa's Guerrillero Rapist Killed by Fierro (uncredited)

John Ireland ... Barbershop Client (uncredited)
José Riesgo ... Fierro's Assistant (uncredited)
Enrique Santiago ... Villa's Guerrillero (uncredited)
Seyyal Taner ... Guerrilla Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
 
Writing credits
Robert Towne (screenplay) and
Sam Peckinpah (screenplay)

William Douglas Lansford (adaptation)

William Douglas Lansford (novel "Pancho Villa")

Produced by
Ted Richmond .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Casting by
Lillian Kelly 
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
José Algueró 
 
Set Decoration by
Román Calatayud 
 
Costume Design by
Eric Seelig 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto Gutierrez .... makeup assistant
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Felipe Minez Saavedra .... makeup assistant
Carmen Sanchez .... hairdresser
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eduardo García Maroto .... unit production manager: Spain
Robert Goodstein .... production supervisor
Concha Hombria .... production supervisor
Pablo Tallaví .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Carretero .... second assistant director
Tony Fuentes .... first assistant director: second unit
Carlos Gil .... assistant director
Juan Carlos Gil .... second assistant director: second unit
Ricardo Hansa .... second assistant director
Chuck Hayward .... second unit director
Mauricio Matias .... assistant director
José María Ochoa .... assistant director
Martín Sacristán .... second assistant director
Anthony Squire .... second unit director
Robert Westbrook .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Francisco Bautista .... painter
Fred Buch .... assistant property master
Rafael Buch .... art department
Luis Calzada .... props
Juan Carrion .... carpenter
Enrique Fernández .... assistant art director
Fernando González .... painter
Sam Gordon .... property master
Pedro Hernandez .... painter
Billy Judd .... props
Lorenzo Leon .... props
Isabel Lopez .... art department
Monico Lopez .... carpenter
Antonio Martínez .... props
Julián Mateos .... property master: second unit
Jose Rubio .... carpenter
Antonio Ruiz .... set dressing assistant
Carlos Ruiz .... assistant backing artist
Emilio Ruiz .... backing artist
Jose Ruiz .... props
Ángel Ruiz .... props
Vincente Sebastian .... assistant set dresser
Vicente Sánchez .... props
José María Tapiador .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Roy Charman .... sound
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Enrique Mayberg .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Tomas Chamorro .... special effects assistant
Felipe De Diego .... special effects assistant
Jose Garcia .... special effects assistant
Bill Griffis .... special effects assistant
Miguel Angel Hernando .... special effects assistant
Luis Jimenes .... special effects assistant
Luciano Munoz .... special effects assistant
Emilio Polo .... special effects assistant
Milt Rice .... special effects
Luciano Rodriguez .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
José Luis Chinchilla .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cabrera .... director of photography: second unit
Alejandro de la Fuente .... gaffer
Mariano Denia .... chief grip
Ricardo Navarrete .... camera operator
George Rice .... camera operator
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer
Ron Drinkwater .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jose Romero .... casting assistant
Pedro Sopeña .... casting assistant (as Pedro Sopena)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Modesto Cuadrado .... wardrobe assistant
Andres Fernandez .... wardrobe assistant
Lea Genovese .... wardrobe assistant (as Lea Seelig)
Carmen Manzano .... seamstress
Jose Martin .... wardrobe assistant
Antonio Moreno .... leather worker
Carmen Ochoa .... seamstress
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Cesareo Ballester .... driver
Francisco Colas .... assistant transportation manager
Jesus Garcia .... driver
Arturo Liras .... driver
Deogracias Megino .... transportation manager
Agustin Perez .... driver
Manolo Valverde .... driver
 
Other crew
Isidro Alonso .... gardener
Francisco Ardura .... livestock supervisor
Katrina Bayonas .... secretary
Charles Boddington .... pilot
Rafael Buch .... interpreter
Eva Del Castillo .... script girl: second unit
Mary Ann Donahue .... secretary
Jose Fabregas .... studio representative
Francisco Fernández de Alarcón .... production assistant
Ricardo Huertas .... script clerk
Ricardo Hupkins .... script supervisor
Comandante Juste .... aviation consultant
Pedro Lopez .... location labourer
Jose Maria Maldonado .... interpreter
José María Maldonado .... production assistant
Alfonso Munoz .... local contact
Manuel De Castro Navascues .... restaurant comptroller
Michele Nicholson .... secretary
Germán Quejido .... first production assistant
 
Thanks
Pancho Villa .... dedicatee
 

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Runtime:
USA:125 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | USA:R | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sam Peckinpah wrote the original script and was set to direct, but Yul Brynner didn't like the script because it made Pancho Villa - a man who had given standing orders to shoot all prisoners - "look like a bad guy". Peckinpah was fired and his script was rewritten by Robert Towne to conform to Brynner's idea of what Villa was like.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obvious ropes due to flying hay in the wall scene.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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Liberty is the respect for the rights of others., 5 May 2012
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Villa Rides is directed by Buzz Kulik and adapted to screenplay by Robert Towne and Sam Peckinpah from the biography of Pancho Villa written by William Douglas Lansford. It stars Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Herbert Lom, Maria Grazia Buccella, Robert Viharo and Frank Wolff. Music is scored by Maurice Jarre and cinematography by Jack Hildyard.

Film is a fictionalised telling of a period in Pancho Villa's (Brynner) life, primarily his famous involvement in the Mexican Revolution at the start of the 20th Century.

The film that should have been a Peckinpah classic!? Maybe? There is no doubting that had Peckinpah been allowed to direct his own screenplay we would have got a far better, more brutal, Pancho Villa film. In fact if we just had Peckinpah's original screenplay intact and someone like Robert Aldrich to direct, then that surely would have given us a mean and moody biography of one José Doroteo Arango Arámbula (AKA: Francisco Villa or Pancho Villa)? Film history tells us that star Yul Brynner was most displeased with the portrayal of Villa as written on Bloody Sam's page. Brynner wanted, and got eventually, his Villa to be an heroic Robin Hood type man of the people, a romanticised revolutionary as it were. Not the driven bastardo prone to acts of horror and sneak tactics that Peckinpah envisaged for the film.

La Cucaracha.

Brynner laughably cited Peckinpah's lack of Mexican knowledge as reason for getting him off the film, laughable because Peckinpah was married to a Mexican and visited the country regularly! So Peckinpah was off, sold his screenplay to the producers, which was remodelled considerably by Robert Towne & Brynner, and he took much of the ideas from the writing for Villa Rides to craft his masterpiece a year later, The Wild Bunch. In to the director's chair came Buzz Kulik and Brynner got to don a toupee and portray Villa the way he wanted. Although, thankfully, Peckinpah's edginess does manage to flit in and out of the finished product.

Viva Villa! You can't fight for the revolution if you are dead.

What remains for viewing is far better than some would have you believe. True, it's no Western/War classic, some of the politico posturings fail to make a mark because they are not expanded on, and one yearns at times for some Peckinpah grit, grue and grim machinations. There's also casting issues, for although I actually don't mind Brynner as Villa because he attacks the role with fanciful relish, he is generally miscast, while Mitchum manages to get by on laconic charm rather than have a character worthy of putting effort into. But if you can forgive the obvious missteps then it's a good two hours of rip-snorting entertainment.

It's always a question of money with you Gringo.

Kulik (Sergeant Ryker) keeps things lively and proves adept at action directing. The battles scenes are high on quality, particularly for the engagement at Conejos, where stunt men and horses are flung around the place, explosions puncture the air, the artillery on show resplendent as it deals out damage. Hundreds of costumed extras cut a swathe through each other, a plane and a train impact greatly on proceedings, while potent scenes involving the bad things that men do add fuel to the loud expressive fire. Jarre's score is fabulous, Latino flavours mix with high energy thunder to bounce off the burning sun with aural pleasure, while Hildyard keeps the Spanish locales vibrant in colours. Then there's Bronson stealing the movie with his portrayal of Rodolfo Fierro, a man who enjoys killing and tormenting the enemy, with dark humour also etched into his make-up.

Fanciful, fun and fiery, with flaws enough for sure, but still a good time to be had for the genre faithful. 7/10

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