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Director:
Writers:
Robert Towne (screenplay) and
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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:
Not bad historical drama. See more (19 total) »

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)
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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:
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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:
First movie to star real-life husband and wife Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): SPOLER: The "boy" who takes Villa's watch calls him "my General", but Villa is a colonel.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Herrera:You think your President Madero is such a great man; all for the peons. He's not for you - WE're for you!
[hangs a villager]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Command Performance (1977)See more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not bad historical drama., 27 September 2012
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"Villa Rides" is the tale of the legendary Pancho Villa, key player in the Mexican Revolution who was a bandit, to be sure, but also undeniably a true leader deeply committed to his cause. However, the tale mostly focuses on Lee Arnold (Robert Mitchum), the American pilot who is captured by Villa's forces and eventually, reluctantly becomes caught up in their mission. Yul Brynner, sporting a full head of hair for once, is thought by some to be miscast as Villa, but in any event this reviewer does feel that his screen presence is still powerful. Mitchum, admittedly, isn't at his best and in fact looks rather disinterested throughout this thing, which is not good considering how much screen time is given to his character. Herbert Lom does well in the key role of a dubious Mexican general, and Maria Grazia Buccella is appealing and lovely in the underwritten role of Lee's love interest. The performer here who truly stands out is Charles Bronson, sporting his familiar moustache for the first time here, as Villa's associate Fierro, and the actor does capture this person's essential ruthlessness, although in real life Fierro was supposed to be an even more bloodthirsty individual. Also appearing are Bronson's wife Jill Ireland, in the first of the films that they did together, although she doesn't show up until near the end, as well as Robert Viharo, Frank Wolff, Alexander Knox, Fernando Rey, and John Ireland in a brief, uncredited bit. The screenplay is courtesy of Robert Towne and Sam Peckinpah, but it never really gives us much insight into Villa. There are some great moments of well staged action, but overall the pacing is a little sluggish. TV veteran Buzz Kuliks' direction is basically competent, although one has to wonder what might have been had Peckinpah been allowed to direct his own original screenplay, which wouldn't have romanticized Villa quite so much. Undeniably effective is the photography of some beautiful scenery and Maurice Jarres' eclectic score. This film does have its moments, such as Lee lobbing bombs as he flies his plane, but it could and should have been more interesting. As it is, it's decent entertainment but it doesn't ever quite take off. Six out of 10.

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