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100 Rifles (1969)

In 1912 Sonora, Mexico, native revolutionary Yaqui Joe robs a bank to buy arms for his oppressed people, but finds himself sought by an American lawman and the Mexican Army.

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Lyedecker
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Gen. Verdugo
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Steven Grimes
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Lt. Franz Von Klemme (as Hans Gudegast)
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Humara
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Sgt. Paletes
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Girl in Hotel
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Padre Francisco (as Alberto Dalbes)
Charly Bravo ...
Lopez (as Carlos Bravo)
José Manuel Martín ...
Sarita's Father (as Jose Manuel Martin)
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Gen. Romero (scenes deleted)
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Reynolds plays Yaqui Joe, an Indian who robs a bank in order to buy guns for his people who are being savagely repressed by the government. Set in turn of the century Mexico, it tells the story of his flight into Mexico and his pursuit by an American lawman. They eventually become allies and team up with Welch to take up the cause of the Indians. Written by Fryingham

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26 March 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Hundred Rifles  »

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$3,920,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(DeLuxe)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Lorenzo Lamas' wife memoirs - Esther Williams' biography - during the shooting of the film, Jim Brown defied Lamas to fist fight with him, for fun, so that Brown can prove his physical superiority. But everything went awry for Brown, because Lamas was a karate expert. See more »

Goofs

The machine gun on the porch would have had to shoot through the supports of the porch railing to hit the people on the ground, below. But no damage is seen to the railing or supports. See more »

Quotes

Lyedecker: I thought I outta go back and give it one more shot.
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Spaghetti or Chop Suey?
12 February 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The action film is a pretty obvious genre. It's purpose is to distract, entertain, and many money. Yes, there's quite a market for this material, probably supported by a similar audience that keep gothic paperbacks moving in the marketplace year after year.

"100 Rifles" is a substandard action western that offers a time capsule back to the late 60s early 70s. Generally unpleasant in its excessive depiction of killing and bloodletting, the film does utilize the star talents of three interesting actors.

The lead role gave Jim Brown an opportunity to strut his macho stuff, riding horses, shooting bad guys, and fist fighting his male costar on occasion. It also provided a couple of intended heated love scenes with his leading lady. Unfortunately, Brown comes across as wooden and even disinterested here. Too, his vocal instrument is much too high pitched and unsonorous to match his impressive physicality.

Burt Reynolds comes off better, making the most of his high cheekbones and sunken eyes--lending credibility to character ethnicity. He, like Brown, is in fine physical shape, and even elects to do some fancy stuntwork himself, like jumping off a moving train.

Still, it's Rachel Welch that emerges victorious here. Here's an actress that takes on a routine part in a routine script and plays it for all its worth. Also in great shape, Welch knows that if she's got it, she might as well flaunt it. She does, and we are the appreciative recipients.

The film also shows how much energy it takes to do this kind of production. Not a great deal of brainwork required, but a barrelful of brawnwork.


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