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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 »
User Reviews:
Nice Western with history and fiction south of the border See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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:
This is the first movie where Charles Bronson appears with his trademark mustache.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obvious ropes due to flying hay in the wall scene.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Story of Eloise (1976)See more »

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Nice Western with history and fiction south of the border, 27 April 2014
Author: SimonJack from United States

"Villa Rides" says in the opening credits that it is a tribute to Pancho Villa. And, as presented, the film is indeed a tribute in which it paints the former Mexican bandit in pretty colors. We should remember that the Mexican revolutionary had attacked an American town, Columbus, New Mexico. So, the U.S. government sent our own Gen. John J. Pershing into Mexico to hunt down and capture or kill Francisco "Pancho" Villa. His pursuit lasted from March 1916 to February 1917. Pershing was recalled when WW I broke out. Of course, none of this is mentioned in this film.

So, remembering that Hollywood often glosses over history – even rewrites it at times, viewers should always take films like this with a grain of salt – as to their accuracy and truth. Of course, their enjoyment as entertainment is aside from that. Now, to counter that aspect, we should also remember that Villa was a real folk hero among the people. He was a Mexican "Robin Hood," who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. He wasn't out for power himself, but was a genuine revolutionary for the freedom of the people.

We should also remember that it was after 1917 that the dictatorships in Mexico began to oppress the church and religion. Recent Mexican President Vicente Fox acknowledged and lamented the previous tyrannical governments. After 1917, Mexico outlawed religion, killed priests, confiscated and closed churches, and desecrated altars. Not until 1992 did this situation begin to change. Can it be any wonder why so many Mexicans would flee their country and want to live in the U.S. in the 20th century? Besides the economic hardships, the people were terribly persecuted and denied their basic rights.

Now for this film. It has a nice plot with some good action. The cast, for the most part, are quite good. Yul Bryner is very good as Pancho, although I suspect he is quite sanitized. Charles Bronson is very good as Fierro. Some other main characters are all quite good – Fernando Rey as Fuentes, Alexander Knox as Madero, and Herbert Lom as General Huerta. You'll notice I've saved Robert Mitchum until last. His role just doesn't fit as he portrays it. We need the character for the plot, but Mitchum just does not seem to play him right. He seems way too nonchalant. The script, or directing, or acting, or all three needed a major rework there to make his character much more believable. It put a sort of pale of humor over the story, and I don't think it really should be humorous. Not when we see families distraught over the hanging of many of their fathers, husbands and sons by the government army. And, I've never thought it funny when women are raped.

So, I'll give this 7 stars for the action, the story and the roles of Bryner, Bronson and some others. Back to that opening credit on the film – I'm sure that Paramount didn't mean to imply that Hollywood welcomes foreign governments to attack towns in the U.S. Or that it will honor them for doing so. But, wait a minute. I could be wrong about Hollywood.

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