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Viva Max (1969)

G | | Comedy | December 1969 (USA)
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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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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The Alamo gates were filmed very quickly - one or two takes at most. However, the March through San Antonio was organized and roads were blocked off two blocks away once filming began. The actual scene that stopped filming was when a single shot rang out in the Alamo during the ending sequence of the film. This angered some locals, who claimed that the site is a shrine and that no gunfire had been fired there since the original battle. See more »


Max tells the border agent he and his men are headed to Laredo. Max would know Laredo is just 300 feet from the Mexico-Texas border, and can be accessed from the Laredo Convent Avenue Port of Entry. However, the border crossing Max leads his men to is in the middle of nowhere. See more »


General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos: A friend of mine, a woman, she told me the men do not respect me. She said they would not follow me even into a whorehouse!
Sergeant Valdez: She is wrong, senor. The men would follow you into a whorehouse.
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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 »


References The Alamo (1960) See more »

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Incredibly realistic for a 1969 movie!
8 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

What a hoot! Wa-a-a-ay too subtle a depiction of Texas characters for a Scotsman to understand.

Then there's the action: Border crossing? - If only it were this stringent... San Antonio - yep. Mexican Army - Yeah: been there, seen them. State Department characters - figures (in fact, it's rather flattering to our "diplomats".)

Other images: El General riding his horse, while the soldados walk; the "army" riding the bus into San Antonio - PERFECT. John Astin as El Sargente - que bueno!

Then there are the main characters: Peter Ustinov - perfect for the role. Pamela Tiffin - The Baylor coed - exactly as shown.

Thumbs up for Viva Max from a life-long Texan.

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