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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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Padre Francisco (as Alberto Dalbes)
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Lopez (as Carlos Bravo)
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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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1.85 : 1
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Speaking of working with Jim Brown and Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds told the movies producers "Keep his shirt off and keep her shirt off and give me all the lines." See more »

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After the fight with Lyedecker, Yaqui Joe Herrera is hanging over the cliff from his manacles and a supporting rope is briefly visible. See more »

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Yaqui Joe Herrera: How come they done give you a badge in the first place?
Lyedecker: Well I guess I took a job nobody wanted. And even at that it took me a whole year to get it.
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The film makes a little sense but a lot of amusing noise…

The movie takes place during a bloody time period of Mexico history… At that time, anyone coming to Mexico ought to be speaking Spanish… But Lyedecker (Jim Brown) didn't speak the language… He was a black policeman looking for a valuable man, a bank robber named Joe Herrera (Burt Reynolds), who looks Mexican but doesn't talk Mexican… Herrera is a half-breed, whose mother was a Yaqui Indian and his father was from Alabama…

General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas) is sure that the money was not spent on women or on Whisky… For him, Joe stole the $6,000 from the Citizen's Bank in Phoenix, Arizona to buy 100 rifles for his people, the Yaqui Indians…

Verdugo—a murderer and an assassin who runs the State of Sonora—have orders to get rid of the Yaquis any way he could, and he took the easy way by killing everybody… He even kidnapped Yaqui children to regain the rifles… And now he wants Lyedecker's head on a stick in the middle of the plaza for everyone to see…

Lyedecker doesn't care about nothing and nobody… He took a job that nobody else wanted… His intentions are to take Joe back for the $200 reward and a permanent job… The policeman rejected any deal in spite of all the atrocities he witnessed like executing Indians or hanging them up like a side of beef…

Steven Grimes (Dan O'Herlihy)—who runs the railroad— doesn't want his train to be a small sacrifice to the mean general… The German military adviser Lt. Von Klemme (Eric Braeden) thinks that the Indians must be finished off as quickly as possible before more guns come through… Raquel Welch's most audacious moment comes out when the Indians attack a well-guarded train carrying troops and supplies, and she was openly showering in the flat part, under a water tower…

With a very nice score by Jerry Goldsmith, "100 Rifles" is a slam-bang action epic, with loads of explosions and gory fighting, making little sense but a lot of amusing noise…


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