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Viva Max (1969)

G  |   |  Comedy  |  December 1969 (USA)
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When his girlfriend tells him that his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, Max, a general in the Mexican army decides to perform some great act of heroism. He takes his men ... See full summary »

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General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos
Pamela Tiffin ...
Paula Whitland
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Sergeant Valdez
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General Lacomber
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Chief of Police Sylvester
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Hattie
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Dr. Sam Gillison
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Edna Miller
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Desmond Miller
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Contreras
Christopher Ross ...
Gomez
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Romero
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Moreno
Don Diamond ...
Hernandez
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When his girlfriend tells him that his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, Max, a general in the Mexican army decides to perform some great act of heroism. He takes his men over the border into Texas and re-captures the Alamo. This upsets the Texans greatly. The Texas National Guard is sent to retake the mission. Normally this would be easy as Max's men have left all of their ammunition back in Mexico, but the State department insists that no one be killed and so the National Guard also goes in with unloaded weapons. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Trivia

The Rome (Italy) location was chosen because Pamela Tiffin had already signed a movie deal for numerous films with an Italian production company once she had completed this film. Since production had been halted due to local protests about the film's plot, the only way to complete scenes requiring Tiffin's presence was to shoot them in Rome, where she would be shooting her other films. In addition, Jonathan Winters also had upcoming commitments with The Dean Martin Show (1965). See more »

Goofs

Laredo is 146 miles from San Antonio. While Max and Gomez get to San Antonio by car, it's never explained how the rest of the men get there. See more »

Quotes

Mexican Soldier: Halt, who goes there, please?
[to General Hallson on the other side of the door]
General Billy Joe Hallson: John Wayne!
Mexican Soldier: [opens door] Richard Widmark!
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Crazy Credits

"All persons mentioned in this story are completely fictitious except for: Davy Crockett Col. William B. Travis James Bowie John Wayne and Richard Widmark" is the first credit to appear. See more »

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Not Much Of A Tribute
8 April 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Peter Ustinov died a few days ago and is traditional with stars dying the BBC showed a film as a hasty tribute , and what film did we get as a tribute ? SPARTACUS where Ustinov gives a show stopping performance as a slave trader ? Nope . Another Oscar performance this time from TOKAPI ? Nope . What about ASHANTI ? , it`s a film a lot of critics can`t stand but Ustinov`s politically incorrect performance had me in stiches . No can do . The film we got was VIVA MAX a slap stick comedy that seems a bit of a slap in the face as far as tributes go

Ustinov plays the title character of Max very well but to be honest VIVA MAX isn`t much of a comedy . It might be politically incorrect but it`s also very unsophisticated . The Mexicans decide to recapture the Alamo . Let`s be honest , does that sound like there`s going to be a lot of milage in this premise ? You`re right there isn`t so we`re treated to scenes featuring silly Mexican soldiers fighting off silly American soldiers with fire hoses and exchanges of dialogue along the lines of " Drop your weapons - No you drop your weapons - No you drop your weapons - No you drop your weapons " and it`s all done with the subtlety of THE BLUES BROTHERS another film where I didn`t start laughing


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