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Viva Max (1969)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos
Pamela Tiffin ...
Paula Whitland
General Billy Joe Hallson
Sergeant Valdez
General Lacomber
Chief of Police Sylvester
Dr. Sam Gillison
Edna Miller
Desmond Miller
Christopher Ross ...
Don Diamond ...


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 <>

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Some heroes are born...some are made...some are mistakes




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December 1969 (USA)  »

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Due to protests from locals when they found out about the film's plot--the Mexican army recapturing the Alamo--production was halted, although some major scenes had already been shot inside the Alamo. These keys scenes were The Tour, The Climbing of the Barrack Wall, and the Sacristy. The company was only allowed to film scenes up to the front gate after production was halted. The scene where John Astin replaced the flag was filmed on a Hollywood business street. The scene in CBS Television's city back lot was also used in The Omega Man (1971). See more »


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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"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 »


Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »

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One of the Best Comedies I have ever seen!
14 November 2005 | by (Orlando, FL. USA) – See all my reviews

OK, So I'm not old enough to have seen this movie in the theaters. Either way, It's really late, and I'm flipping through old reruns of Lassie, and Star Trek. I come upon this movie that has John Astin in it. Now I'm a bit of an Addams Family Fan, so I figure "Why Not?" To Put it simply, It was hilarious!! And it really showed that Astin can do more than one type of comedy. Pretty much every comedy character I have ever seen him play is the zany, sometimes idiotic, REALLY out of touch guy.(Gomez Addams, Buddy from Night Court) In 'Viva Max' as Sgt. Valdez His comedy is far more serious, and quite deadpan. After seeing this movie my appreciation of Astin as an actor and comedian raised considerably.

This movie was also my introduction to Peter Ustinov as an actor. He plays the General, the central character of this movie, and he really carries the role well. In fact, without his serious portrayal of this character, the movie wouldn't be nearly as funny. His acting ability clearly shows through in this movie, even making an authoritative character into a sympathetic character at some points. After watching this movie, I sought out other Ustinov movies (there were quite a few) and I can honestly say that now Ustinov is one of my Favorite actors of all time.

Harry Morgan is back again in his Support your local sheriff / Colonel Potter role. But it is still quite entertaining.

All I can say is that if you get the chance to watch this movie, do so...You will not regret it.

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